16 Nov 2010

Closed-door meeting to work out disease strategy

8:11 pm on 16 November 2010

Kiwifruit industry representatives will meet behind closed doors again on Tuesday night to discuss a plan to tackle the PSA disease, which they will put before Agriculture Minister David Carter on Wednesday.

The Industry Advisory Council says Mr Carter agrees that the only prudent approach to the vine-killing bacteria is an aggressive one.

The council will review orchard hygiene advice, discuss continued research and suggest the approach orchards should be taking based on the extent of symptoms.

A meeting between kiwifruit marketer Zespri, some council members and growers and Mr Carter is due to take place on Wednesday to discuss a grower support package.

Zespri says the 13 orchards that have tested positive for PSA represent less than 1% of the New Zealand industry, which it says is strong, co-ordinated and working well together.