Growers’ success spans hemispheres

The Lazio district south of Rome is the northern hemisphere equivalent of Te Puke in Bay of Plenty. The districts might be 18,000km apart but growers in both play an invaluable role in Zespri’s efforts to continually meet the burgeoning demand for popular SunGold kiwifruit.

Trap system nails orchard pests

With its proliferate plant growth and multiple crops the Western Bay of Plenty offers a veritable smorgasbord of food options to pests like rats, mice and possums. With that comes a headache for avocado growers and tree croppers trying to keep them at bay. An orcharding couple have seized on new trap technology to try to turn the tide. They told Richard Rennie about their approach.

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.