HORTICULTURE ARCHIVES

Growers claim win in Psa case

A landmark High Court decision has upheld kiwifruit growers’ claims Crown negligence caused losses as a result of the 2010 Psa outbreak and might leave the Government exposed to a massive compensation bill.

Iwi groups in big orchard deal

One of the largest orchard deals ever completed in New Zealand has just been signed, returning it to local iwi hands after years in foreign ownership.

Cube cleans up farm and orchard footwear

Farm and orchard gate footwear cleaning and disinfection is expected to be a growing business for Jacson3 of Hamilton, which launched its portable biosecurity system at the National Fieldays.

Kiwifruit harvest is on target for big crop

Despite filling only half the available seasonal positions the kiwifruit sector is on target to have this season’s crop picked, packed and shipped within weeks, with prospects total volumes will at least match the record harvest of two years ago.

Horticulture wants more young folk

Young people should be considering a career in horticulture if they want variety, opportunities and a role in producing healthy food, the Horticulture Capability Group that will be promoting the industry at this year’s Fieldays says.

MPI seizes US fruit trees

About 55,000 plants at five apple and stone fruit nurseries have been siezed in a Primary Industries Ministry operation to protect New Zealand from an American biosecurdity threat.

Gold pushes Zespri share surge

Analysts have lifted Zespri’s value by 7% as its share price continues to ramp up despit a labour shortage for the latest harvest.

Gold values fly high in tenders

Industry faith in the returns from Zespri’s SunGold fruit is reflected in the prices paid in the latest Gold3 licence tender by the kiwifruit marketer.

Kiwifruit boosts export growth

A record month for kiwifruit exports helped push the country’s overall exports in April to the second-highest level ever, according to monthly trade data.

Workshy threaten big investment

Kiwifruit growers’ failure to find enough pickers this season is not because of low pay, Apata Group managing director Stu Weston says.