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New Zealand vegetable prices to rise due to humidity

Growers of green vegetables in New Zealand’s North Island have seen crops dying in the ground, now humid conditions make it easy for disease to spread. Some growers claim it’s just a question of ‘waiting it out’, hoping the weather improves.

The humidity had the biggest impact on green leafy vegetables, which are particularly sensitive to high levels of moisture in the air. Comparing the situation to a flood or drought, there does not seem to be much the growers can do when weather conditions aren't favourable to the crops being grown.

According to nzherald.co.nz, the last couple of days the humidity has fallen, creating improved conditions for growing. However, it could be another couple of weeks before everything comes right. Earlier this year, the MetService attributed the high humidity to a strong north-easterly flow that is bringing warm air from the tropics.

Publication date: 2/26/2018


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