Following MPI’s revised directions issued under s122 of the Biosecurity Act, the affected apple and stonefruit industry group is taking some time to fully review the new directions and the accompanying testing plan.
Apple and stonefruit industry members are waiting on new directives from MPI which will determine the fate of over 48,000 apple and stonefruit trees. The initial directive, issued by MPI under Section 116 of the Biosecurity Act was deemed unlawful by the High Court, sending the parties into discussions regarding alternatives to the initial contain and/or destroy directive.
Seeka's avocado harvest has begun, bringing premium New Zealand fruit to both local and export markets. The 2018/19 season runs from August to February and when Seeka delivers on its reputation for quality in distinctive blue boxes.
Avocado lovers could have reason to rejoice. Avo prices could drop eventually as more New Zealand avocados come on to the market. The group marketing New Zealand avocados says rapid industry growth should help ease supply pressures report FreshPlaza.
Following the High Court judgment handed down on Thursday, 23 August 2018, the apple and stonefruit orchardists and nursery owners at the heart of this matter are still waiting to meet with MPI to discuss the appropriate management of their plant material.