NZ: Turners & Growers pulls out kiwifruit vines near Kerikeri

Turners & Growers is removing about 20ha of kiwifruit orchards in the Kerikeri area after the bacterial vine disease Psa-V was detected on a single male "baker graft" vine in one of its orchards in the area. Kiwifruit Vine Health has established a controlled area, which includes 102 orchards in the region.

Kerikeri is the 11th region to be infected since PSA was first discovered in New Zealand two years ago. Turners & Growers says the removal of the vines was being done under strict hygiene rules and continued testing is under way of surrounding vines.

The company manages a total of 130ha, comprising 20 orchards, in the Kerikeri area. As the male baker grafts had proven to be susceptible to PSA-V, all orchards in the Kerikeri region have decided to remove their vines and Turners & Growers will remove about 20ha of the male baker graft vines.


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