Too late for many New Zealand trees - A Hawke's Bay fruit grower says he has suffered financially and emotionally after he was made to burn thousands of fruit trees while waiting for a High Court judgement.
Horticulture groups seeking levy renewals have all had votes of confidence from growers to continue the work of the industry good organisations Horticulture New Zealand, TomatoesNZ, Vegetables New Zealand, Process Vegetables New Zealand, and Onions New Zealand report FreshPlaza.
New Zealand’s domestic vegetable production is becoming more and more important. Kiwis are fortunate to have the majority of their fresh fruit and vegetables locally grown and available for domestic consumption, spending over $1.3 billion on vegetables and approximately $970 million on fruit annually report FreshPlaza.
This week, thousands of sterile codling moths are being dropped by drone onto central Hawke's Bay apple orchards to help wipe out the destructive wild population of the pest according to a report by FreshPlaza.
A group of five industry members have joined together to challenge last week’s directive by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for nurseries and orchardists to contain and/or destroy tens of thousands of apple (Malus) and stonefruit (Prunus) plants.