24 Aug 2012

Kiwifruit growers vote on canker plan

11:25 pm on 24 August 2012

Kiwifruit growers have a week to vote on whether or not to support a national pest management plan for the vine killing disease Psa.

Kiwifruit Vine Health organisation chief executive Barry O'Neil says the poll follows grower meetings from Northland to Nelson at which KVH outlined its strategy for controlling and managing the bacterial disease.

Dr O'Neil says the outcome of the poll will be released in mid September.

Meanwhile a state science company Plant and Food Research is boosting efforts to find new scientific solutions for controlling Psa.

The institute has won Government funding of $6 million over six years to investigate ways of making kiwifruit vines more resistant to the disease.

Plant and Food chief operating officer Bruce Campbell says the new programme builds on the research already developing more tolerant kiwifruit cultivars.