Kiwifruit growers ready for worst

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Waikato’s kiwifruit sector is in lockdown as fearful growers rally to fight the potentially devastating disease Psa after the virulent strain was discovered in a Waihi orchard. Richard Glenn, a Hamilton grower and co-ordinator for Kiwifruit Vine Health, the biosecurity body created last year to fight the bacterial disease, says Waikato growers were "rocked" by…


Zespri denies kiwifruit seized in China

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Kiwifruit export marketer Zespri has denied Chinese reports that New Zealand kiwifruit has been seized by Shanghai Customs following the arrest of one of its import agents for smuggling. A Zespri spokesman said no kiwifruit had been impounded, despite Chinese media reports that 30,000 tonnes of fruit had been seized. The company was working with…


Kiwifruit growers ‘prepare for worst’

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With around six orchards a day in New Zealand’s kiwifruit capital now being diagnosed with the most virulent form of Psa disease, next year’s crop is in peril, says the $1.5 billion export industry. Industry Psa fighting group, KiwifruitVineHealth, said it is ”preparing for the worst,  hoping for the best” with increasing reports of Bay…


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