New Zealand gold kiwi rocked by bacterial disease

12/17/2011 02:07:00 AM
Tom Karst

 

New Zealand kiwifruit production - particularly gold kiwifruit -  has been rocked by the bacterial disease PSA.

The sobering news for the world's number two kiwifruit producer after Italy is coming into sharper focus as I reviewed two recent articles on the subject. One,  from the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and dated Dec. 14, said this about the devastating course of the bacterial disease: 

The outlook for New Zealand’s kiwifruit sector and the impact of the bacterial disease Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae has clarified since the release of the annual Situation and Outlook for New Zealand Agriculture and Forestry (SONZAF) report in June.

MAF has released a half-year update which shows loss of vines since the virulent strain stuck in November 2010 could take production of Gold kiwifruit from 30 million trays in 2011 to 20 or even 10 million trays in the 2012 season.


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