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Costs exploding due to wet and humid weather

New Zealand vegetable prices rising as crops rot

In New Zealand, the prices of vegetables such as cauliflower have jumped up to $10 a head - more than double the usual cost. According to Horticulture NZ chief executive Mike Chapman, heavy rain across many parts of the country, Cyclone Gita and high humidity are causing crops to go to seed or rot.

"Growers are losing $100,000 a week because they just can't grow the range of vegetables they normally grow," Chapman said. “And it will affect the workers and the rural community.”

In an article, radionz.co tells us how North Island cauliflower grower Kiran Hari has lost 80 percent of his crop this season due to humidity. He said his crops had become damp, slimy and rotten in the unusual weather. "All the leaves are starting to turn and because they are wrapped around the cauliflower, they're going to damage the nice white part quickly.”


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