16 Oct 2012

Hawke's Bay kiwifruit growers to intensify anti-Psa measures

11:08 am on 16 October 2012

Hawke's Bay kiwifruit growers will intensify the preventive measures they've already been taking against PSA following confirmation of the arrival of the vine-killing disease in the region.

There was a large turnout of growers, contractors and advisers at a meeting in Havelock North on Monday, to discuss the response to the discovery last week of PSA-V on an orchard near Taradale.

Hawke's Bay fruit growers kiwifruit sector chair Peter Olsen says the affected orchardist acted quickly to remove the infected gold variety vines.

And he says among other things, all growers will be increasing monitoring in their orchards to identify any further signs of the disease.

He says some growers are already locking gates to their properties and says more will introduce a high level of physical security around their orchards to prevent human transmission of the virus.

Mr Olsen says there will be further meetings to keep Hawke's Bay growers up to date with developments.