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NZ: good yield from Enza Gold kiwi vinesTe Puke grower Lee Hoggard’s gold kiwifruit vines have produced a good crop this season even though there are signs of the vine killing disease Psa-V in his orchard.
This is probably due to the fact that lee, unlike many other growers in his area, is using the Enza Gold, Turners & Growers variety, which appears to be more resistant to the disease.
"Psa-V is in my orchard and orchards around it but the Enza Gold vines do appear to have more resistance.
However, growers are reluctant to switch to the variety as the fruit it produces can be exported no further than Australia.
T&G has applied to Kiwifruit New Zealand for collaborative marketing agreements with Zespri over a number of years to sell its Enza Gold fruit on international markets.
"In the past we have been turned down. This year we got a disappointingly small number of trays approved to sell to Korea and China, but at least it’s a start."
lee, and others like him, now hope that, with T & G's new ownership and management, things might change.
"Currently in Enza Gold we appear to have a kiwifruit which is more resistant to Psa-V than Hort16a but can’t sell it internationally.
"Zespri is facing a reduction in its gold volumes due to the disease so the way I see it, each company has something the other one wants. It would be ideal if they could work together."
Of course there is now a new Zespri variety available - G3 - that also shows signs of resistance, but some growers do not want to "put all their eggs in one basked" and would like to be able to use a mix of the two.
"Some just don’t know what to do and may in fact do nothing this season, but wait to see what happens to newly grafted G3 vines.
"Because of what Psa-V has done to Hort16A I think we need several kiwifruit varieties, just as apple growers have different varieties, to reduce the risk of being wiped out by a disease as has happened with Psa-V."
Publication date: 5/30/2012
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