Rising concern over fruit labour

Concerns about labour shortages for this year’s kiwifruit harvest are also shared by the apple sector, and there is a strong possibility growers will declare a seasonal labour shortage before the harvest even kicks off.

People are the cherry on top

It soon became obvious the interview with Harry and Joan Roberts was near the pointy end of the stone fruit season.

New leader sees exciting times

New Horticulture New Zealand president and chairman Barry O’Neil says he is taking over at an exciting time for the sector. 

He replaces Nelson grower and dairy farmer Julian Raine who has stood down to pursue other business interests.

Trump’s hardball helps kiwi wine

Pressure from United States President Donald Trump has caused Canada agree to drop restrictions on the sale of imported wines in the country’s supermarkets.

Potato virus outbreak widens

Testing is ongoing to determine the spread of the potato mop-top virus, with four properties confirmed to have the virus and another ten being tested.

Mop-top spud virus is a mystery

Potato growers are in wait and see mode as tests on a new potato virus found on Canterbury farms are analysed.

Biosecurity New Zealand is working with Potatoes NZ to respond to a detection of the potato mop-top virus in tubers on two Mid Canterbury farms.

Seeka fears Aussie Psa

Seeka, New Zealand’s biggest kiwifruit grower, might have found the fruit disease Psa in an orchard it is developing in Australia.

It has notified Agriculture Victoria of unusual bacterial symptoms and is removing suspicious plant material pending test results.

Deal opens gate for innovators

The twin tyrannies of distance and lack of capital will be diminished for New Zealand agritech firms in coming years should a new partnership with a major United States food company prove successful.

Stink bug to have foe on arrival

An environmental Protection Authority decision to allow orchardists to import a marmorated stink bug predator has been welcomed wholeheartedly by the horticultural sector.