11 Mar 2013

Drought not all bad news in Bay of Plenty

1:39 pm on 11 March 2013

The impact of the prolonged dry spell on the Bay of Plenty kiwifruit sector has been mixed.

The director of kiwifruit post-harvest operator Direct Management Services, Paul Jones said dry weather slows the progression of the vine-killing disease PSA.

Mr Jones said while kiwifruit generally thrive in hot, dry conditions, rainfall is needed for fruit to get to a good size.

For grape growers there has been no downside to the weather.

The continuous sunshine allows grapes to ripen fully while building up their sugar content to optimum levels.

New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan said the industry is delighted at the prospects of this year's vintage.