22 Jul 2011

Applications to help control PSA being fast tracked

12:53 pm on 22 July 2011

The Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry is fast tracking applications from agri-chemical companies, wanting to register products to help control the PSA kiwifruit disease.

Since it was first discovered near Te Puke last November, the disease has been confirmed on 249 orchards.

Growers forced to remove vines have been paid almost $18 million in compensation, from a combined Government and industry fund of $50 million.

MAF says that normally any application is dealt with, as it comes to the top of the pile.

But given the urgency of finding cures for PSA, the Government has agreed MAF can work on applications relating to its control, immediately they are received.

Agricultural compounds director Debbie Morris says MAF aims to have all chemical products for helping control PSA, registered ideally before spring when growers expect the disease could worsen.