14 Jun 2011

Growers advised to steer clear of new kiwifruit varieties

9:52 pm on 14 June 2011

A Te Puke kiwifruit co-operative is advising its growers to avoid new varieties because of risks associated with the vine-killing disease PSA.

Satara represents about 10% of growers.

Last week, the company advised Te Puke and other Bay of Plenty growers not to take up new lines this season to delay new variety investment for at least a year.

New Zealand Kiwifruit Grower's president Peter Ombler says growers in Te Puke are nervous about using new varieties.

The board of kiwifruit marketer Zespri will make a decision on the release of new varieties on Wednesday.