Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Kiwifruit bacteria Psa found on Whangarei orchard

Kiwifruit bacteria Psa found on Whangarei orchard

By Paul McBeth

Sept. 25 (BusinessDesk) - The bacterial vine disease that struck New Zealand's kiwifruit sector in 2010 has been found on a Whangarei orchard for the first time, Kiwifruit Vine Health says.

Local growers have been notified that vines on an orchard in the region tested positive for Pseudomonas syringae pv actinadiae bacteria, better known as Psa-V, in the first confirmed case in Whangarei, KVH said in a statement. The industry group, which was set up in response to the 2010 outbreak, will hold a meeting for Whangarei growers next week, and carry out extensive monitoring of the 49 orchards in the region over the weekend.

"Based on the symptoms found - dieback and exudate - it's likely the disease has been in the area for some time and the symptoms are now starting to grow," chief executive Barry O'Neil said. "This spring KVH has had reporting of more widespread infection in all positive regions - worse than the last couple of years - so this result in Whangarei is not entirely unexpected."

The Psa bacteria infected 80 percent of kiwifruit orchards nationwide and is estimated to have cost the industry up to $930 million in lost exports. In the season just been, kiwifruit recovered to pre-Psa levels, which marketer Zespri International said put the industry "in good heart."

Shares of Seeka Kiwifruit Industries, the country's biggest kiwifruit grower, fell 1.5 percent to $3.30.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 


Government: David McLean Appointed As KiwiRail Chair

David McLean has been appointed as Chair of KiwiRail Holdings Ltd, the Minister for State Owned Enterprises Dr David Clark and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson announced today... More>>


Dairy NZ: ‘More Milk From Fewer Cows’ Trend Continues In A Record Year
Vodafone says it has 10,000 customers using its Wi-Fi Calling service. It took less than three months to reach that milestone; the service began operating in September... More>>

Statistics: Consents Remain At Record Levels
There were 47,715 new homes consented in the year ended October 2021, up 26 percent compared with the year ended October 2020, Stats NZ said today. "The year ended October 2021 marks another record for the annual number of new homes consented,” construction statistics manager Michael Heslop said... More>>



Fonterra: Lifts Forecast Farmgate Milk Price Range And Revises Earnings Guidance At First Quarter Update

Fonterra Co-operative Group today lifted its 2021/22 forecast Farmgate Milk Price range, reported a solid start to the 2022 financial year and revised its earnings guidance... More>>


Canterbury Museum: New Research - Bald Haast's Eagle Feasted On Moa Guts

New Zealand’s extinct Haast’s Eagle (Hieraaetus moorei), the largest known eagle, gulped down viscera like a vulture and may even have been bald, new research suggests... More>>

ABC Business Sales: Demand High For Covid-proof Businesses
Despite the continuing challenges facing businesses in this Covid environment, right now there are more buyers looking for a small-medium sized business than there are sellers in the market... More>>


PriceSpy: Producer Prices Increase
New Black Friday and Covid-19 Report* released by PriceSpy says people’s fear of stepping inside physical shops during big sales events like Black Friday has risen since last year; Kiwis are still planning to shop, but more than ever will do it online this year... More>>