24 Nov 2010

Infected orchard number still rising

6:00 am on 24 November 2010

The number of kiwifruit orchards confirmed as having the PSA vine disease continues to climb.

Zespri says a further six orchards in the Te Puke area of the Bay of Plenty, have been found to be infected with PSA.

It brings the total number of orchards confirmed as having the disease to 67. Most of those are around Te Puke where the disease was first identified.

Other regions with confirmed cases include Waikato, Hawke's Bay and Tasman, but so far Northland, Gisborne and the Western Bay of Plenty, are clear.

Zespri says it has received more than 1200 emails from growers with about half reporting that their orchards are clear of PSA symptoms.

The other half are being followed up by the Ministry of Agriculture for testing.