6 Oct 2010

Avocado crop expected to reach target

1:52 pm on 6 October 2010

The avocado industry isn't expecting last month's high winds and rain in its main growing region the Bay of Plenty to have any negative effect on its future crop.

The stormy weather which knocked fruit off trees has reduced this year's harvest by about 10% to three million trays.

Avocado Industry Council and Growers Association chair John Schnackenberg says trees in the region were having a low producing year, and are expected to bounce back next season.

He says he's still confident the industry can achieve its goal of producing 12 million trays by 2015.

However he says he is concerned that some growers who have lost a significant amount of their crop this season, on the back of low producing years, may struggle to stay in the industry.