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Turners and Growers pulls out kiwifruit vines near Kerikeri

Friday 26th October 2012

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Turners & Growers is removing about 20 hectares of kiwifruit orchards in the Kerikeri area after the bacterial vine disease Psa-V was detected on a single male "baker graft" vine in one of its orchards in the area.

Kiwifruit Vine Health has established a controlled area, which includes 102 orchards in the region.

Kerikeri is the eleventh region to be infected since PSA was first discovered in New Zealand two years ago.

Turners & Growers said the removal of the vines was being done under strict hygiene rules, and continued testing was under way of surrounding vines.

Turners & Growers manages a total of 130 hectares, comprising twenty orchards, in the Kerikeri area.

As the male baker grafts had proven to be susceptible to PSA-V, all orchards in the Kerikeri region have decided to remove their vines and Turners & Growers will remove about 20 hectares of the male baker graft vines.

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