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$50m fighting fund for kiwifruit killer

The government and kiwifruit industry will ante up $50 million to in order to prevent the further spread of vine killing disease Psa.
This morning Agriculture Minister David Carter said the government would commit $25 million to the fund, subject to a do

NBR staff
Thu, 18 Nov 2010

The government and kiwifruit industry will ante up $50 million to in order to prevent the further spread of vine killing disease Psa.

This morning Agriculture Minister David Carter said the government would commit $25 million to the fund, subject to a dollar-for-dollar match from the kiwifruit industry to pay for an urgent aggressive containment strategy to fight the disease discovered more than a week ago.

“This is the government and industry taking a leadership role to ensure the future of one of New Zealand’s brightest primary sector industries.

“Today’s announcement is a major funding commitment by the government and a decision not take lightly,” Mr Carter said.

“It recognises the compelling case put forward by the kiwifruit industry to ensure its future viability.”

The funding package would cover limited grower compensation for income loss, management techniques and continued research into the disease.

NBR staff
Thu, 18 Nov 2010
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$50m fighting fund for kiwifruit killer
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