Kiwifruit growers ready for worst


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


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’


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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