5 Sep 2012

Kiwifruit vine disease found in Coromandel

5:40 am on 5 September 2012

Kiwifruit Vine Health says it is disappointing but not surprising vines on a Coromandel orchard have been provisionally identified as having the bacterial disease PSA.

The agency says four vines of the new Gold 9 variety in the Whenuakite area appear to have PSA-V.

The discovery comes only a fortnight after the bacterial disease was confirmed for the first time in Waikato.

KVH chief executive Barry O'Neil says given that the orchard is relatively close to PSA-V infected areas of Bay of Plenty, the Coromandel region has been classified as high risk.

The four infected vines have been cut out and disposed of.

The agency has established a control zone 10km around the infected block and has met with the 18 growers who collectively have 100 hectares of kiwifruit inside the zone.

PSA-V has now been found on more than 1300 kiwifruit orchards in Bay of Plenty, Waikato, south Auckland and Coromandel.