Turners & Growers pulls out kiwifruit vines near Kerikeri

The company manages a total of 130ha, comprising 20 orchards, in the area.

BUSINESSDESK: 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.