28 Sep 2011

Zespri may consider redundancies as PSA effect bites

12:33 pm on 28 September 2011

Kiwifruit marketer Zespri says it may have to look at redundancies as a result of the bacterial disease PSA-V.

New Zealand's largest kiwifruit grower, Seeka, is gauging interest in voluntary redundancies among its 250 permanent staff.

The virulent PSA-V strain of the kiwifruit vine disease has been found in more than half of the orchards that supply the Te Puke-based grower and packer with gold kiwifruit.

Simon Limmer of Zespri says the marketer too may have to look at redundancies as lower crop yields are likely as a result of the disease.

Mr Limmer says any redundancies would be made across the company, and would include local and overseas jobs.