Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Kiwifruit Growers to fight Zespri Antibiotic PSA Spray Plan

Kiwifruit Growers to fight Zespri Antibiotic PSA Spray Plan

Independent Kiwifruit Growers say Zespri’s plan to spray kiwifruit with the antibiotic Streptomycin in a bid to control PSA (Pseudomonas syringae pv Actinidiae) could do more harm to the industry than the disease itself and they will fight to keep the spray off their orchards.

IKGA spokesman, Chris Dunn says a walk-out by growers at a recent meeting over the spray-plan put forward by Zespri and Kiwifruit Vine Health showed the strength of opposition to the plan because growers know how damaging it could be to New Zealand’s ability to sell next year’s crop overseas.

“The EU has banned any fruit which contains residues of antibiotics and even in Italy where PSA has devastated the kiwifruit industry, the use of this antibiotic spray is absolutely forbidden.”

We’ve taken advice from our growing colleagues in Italy who strongly warn against Zespri’s plan to contaminate New Zealand vines in this way. They say it will not solve the problem, may induce resistance in the PSA bacteria here and could cause human health problems.”

“Aside from that, kiwifruit growers understand the importance of New Zealand’s reputation as a safe food producer and any use of streptomycin either through a spray or by putting it directly into the vines would be disastrous for our international image.”

“We are really concerned that at a time when kiwifruit growers are struggling under the weight of the PSA outbreak, in a small close-knit growing community like Te Puke undue emotional pressure is being brought to bear on growers in a bid to force them to allow this spraying to go ahead.”

We need to take the right decisions to now manage PSA, not rush or be pushed into decisions that could have very serious and lasting financial and reputational impacts for our industry.

Is this a good view of New Zealand rural practises when we are saying “New Zealand is Clean and Green” to our World Cup visitors?

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Gareth Morgan: The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – Revisited

Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation... They found that the fresh water policy was a bit murkier than the Environment Minister let on. More>>

ALSO:

Interest Rates: RBNZ Hikes OCR To 3.5%, ‘Period Of Assessment’ Now Needed

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler raised the official cash rate as expected, while signalling a pause in rate hikes to assess the impact of moves so far this year. The kiwi dollar sank after Wheeler said its strength was “unjustified” and that the currency could have “a significant fall.” More>>

ALSO:

Fonterra: Canpac Site 'Resize' To Focus More On Paediatrics

Fonterra is looking at realigning its packing operations at Canpac, in the Waikato, to focus more on paediatric nutritionals... The proposed changes could mean around 110 roles may not be required at the site which currently employs 330. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Postie Plus Brand Gets 2nd Chance With Well-Funded Pepkor

The Postie Plus brand is getting a new lease of life after South Africa’s Pepkor bought the failed retailer’s assets out of administration and said it will use its purchasing power to reduce costs of stock and fatten margins. More>>

ALSO:

Warming: Warming Signs From State Of Climate Report

Climate data from air, land, sea and ice in 2013 'reflect trends of a warming planet' -- says the latest State of the Climate report, launched by U.S. and New Zealand scientists. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Embrace Falling Home Affordability, Says NZIER

Despair over the inability to afford a house is misplaced and should be embraced as an opportunity to invest in more wealth-creating activity, says the principal economist at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, Shamubeel Eaqub. More>>

Productivity Commission: NZ Regulation Not Keeping Pace

New Zealand regulators often have to work with out-of-date legislation, quality checks are under strain, and regulatory workers need better training and development. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news