Avocado health is critical for long journey from NZ to markets overseas

As more and more avocados are being exported to Asia by Katikati-based Darling Group, the focus on orchard health has increased as well. This is very necessary as the fruit has to be able to meet the rigours of long-distance travel.

According to Andrew Cutfield, general manager of investor relations and supply, Darling Group is constantly working to develop its understanding of on-orchard and harvest management practices that impact the quality of the crop. More than 70 per cent of the avocados picked and packed by Darling Group to date will be exported to Asia with most of the fruit travelling via sea freight on trips that take an average of three weeks.

Source: sunlive.co.nz

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