With harvest well under way, the 2013 kiwifruit crop is looking to be even worse than anticipated with the effects of the drought adding to those of the Psa-V infection. At the half-way stage of harvest, the total crop is expected to be less than 80 million trays, 20% down on predictions for the season of more than 100 million. Gold yields are down on last season by more than 50%.
Kiwifruit post harvest operator EastPack is on the hunt for more Waikato suppliers as it forecasts a profit and a steady grower dividend payout this year.
A Katikati-based company, Protective Canopies (Procan), claims to have found a defence against Psa-V disease for kiwifruit growers.
Horticulture New Zealand is adding its voice of thanks to the Government and in particular Primary Industries Minister David Carter, for declaring the Psa-V outbreak a moderate-biosecurity adverse event.
A number of kiwifruit packing and marketing companies are still considering whether to take legal action against the Ministry of Primary Industries over the introduction of the kiwifruit pathogen Psa into New Zealand.
Kiwifruit marketer Zespri has announced the election of its new chairman. Peter McBride will replace John Loughlin when he leaves his post early in 2012.
Male baker grafts, on the the grafting techniques used by kiwifruit orchardists and nurseries, are proving to be a strong link with the fatal kiwifruit infection, Psa-V.
The latest confirmed outbreak of Psa-V in Kerikeri breaks the security of Northland against the kiwifruit vine pathogen. The outbreak was confirmed yesterday in a block of yellow cultivars.
Zespri chairman John Loughlin has announced he will stand down as chairman of the board and as a director early next year, at a time still to be confirmed.
The bacterial kiwifruit vine pathogen, Psa-v has been discovered in a Waikato orchard for the first time.
The streptomycin antibiotic that was at the centre of illicit spraying of kiwifruit vines against the pathogen Psa-V is currently being reassessed by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).
Only 11% of orchards infected with the kiwifruit vine pathogen Psa-V have produced fruit for sale this season, according to data released by Kiwifruit Vine Health.