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Friday, May 11, 2012
Kiwifruit bacterial disease could cost the industry up to $885 million and 470 jobs...
Ripe kiwifruit on vine (in New Zealand). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sliced golden kiwifruit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Kiwifruit bacterial disease could cost the industry up to $885 million and
The bacterial disease expected to cost the New Zealand kiwifruit industry 470
jobs and up to NZ$885 million originated in China, a new study has shown.
Kiwifruit canker, or Psa, has spread to 1184 New Zealand orchards since it
was discovered in the Bay of Plenty region in November 2010.
Combating the disease is expected to cost between $310 million and $410
million over the next five years - with the long term bill rising to between
$740 million and $885 million. Read more: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10804864
There is an irony to this story. New Zealand kiwifruit were developed from
the tiny Chinese Gooseberry decades ago, and now were being attacked from a
disease that has originated from China itself.