Tuesday, 14 January 2020 12:55

Another good season likely

Written by  Peter Burke
Zespri’s chief grower and alliances officer, Dave Courtney. Zespri’s chief grower and alliances officer, Dave Courtney.

It’s early days yet, but there are promising signs of it being another good year for kiwifruit.

Zespri’s chief grower and alliances officer, Dave Courtney told Rural News that the feedback from growers on the state of the vines is very positive. 

He says towards the end of last year, flower numbers and pollination was looking good. He’s heard nothing that would suggest there were any problems.

This news comes on the back of a good season for Zespri, which for the first time saw more gold kiwifruit sold in the market that the traditional green variety. Courtney says that the higher price paid in the market for gold meant that grower returns were better than in past years. 

And with more gold being planted, all being well, returns to growers will continue to increase.

“Last season saw volumes slightly down on the previous season and the size of fruit was also smaller. But the quality was better and the season started earlier which allowed us to put strong volumes into the marketplace and that continued throughout the year. 

Courtney says Zespri plans to release more licenses for Gold this year and for the coming two years. He says there is good demand for the fruit based on market signals and Zespri has to be nimble enough to manage the growth in demand. But he concedes that there will come a point when this may slow.

Courtney adds that work is also being done in the plant breeding programme to develop a green kiwi fruit which is ‘ready to eat’ when it reaches supermarket shelves. 

More like this

Is Red the new Gold?

Kiwifruit marketer Zespri says some key markets will soon be able to enjoy red kiwifruit.

Featured

Milestone for Ahuwhenua

Next month will see the first finalists competing for the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy in horticulture announced at Parliament.

 

New levy to hit farmers

The New Zealand Agricultural Aviation Association (NZAAA) is up in arms about a proposed new safety levy.

Safety mindset must change

WorkSafe NZ is calling on farmers and other rural businesses to treat health and safety as more than a compliance issue.

Milk price may go higher

Dry weather around New Zealand could restrict milk supply and squeeze global dairy prices higher, says Westpac’s senior economist Michael Gordon.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Appropriate

Your canine crusader reckons it is ironic – and highly appropriate – that Shane Jones’ $3 billion electoral slush fund…

Funny names

Over the years, a mate of the Hound’s has always been quick to point out to him people in roles…

» Connect with Rural News