New Zealand: Investor bids for cherry orchards are being processed

Applications for investors wishing to be part of two multimillion-dollar cherry developments in Otago are being processed. Cherry investment firm Hortinvest had sought expressions of interest from investors for a $15.5 million orchard project on an 80ha site at Mt Pisa, near Cromwell, and another similar-sized venture, the $15.5 million Lindis River development on 80ha of Lindis Peaks Station.

Another cherry investment led by Hortinvest, the Tarras Cherry Corp project, has already been planted and is expecting to harvest its first crop during the summer of 2020-21.

Hortinvest project and orchard development manager Ross Kirk declined to say how many applications were received for the Mt Pisa and Lindis River projects, but there had been "significant" investor interest domestically and internationally.

Mr Kirk said Hortinvest had extended its "self-imposed expressions-of-interest deadline" to May 31 to accommodate investors who needed more time to comply with financial regulations.

According to¸ the first planting of the 106,000 trees for the Mt Pisa and Lindis River developments is set to begin in June.

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