Psa-V identified in Japan

05 June 2014

Psa-V infection has been confirmed in Japan.

The disease was first found last month in the Ehime Prefecture, Japan’s largest kiwifruit production area; and soon after was confirmed in the Southern area of the Fukuoka Prefectural.

Growers in both regions have cut out all infected vines.

The Prefectural Governments together with agricultural officials and advisors are investigating the extent of the spread; and advising growers of best-practice control measures including monitoring for early detection, cutting out infected material and tool sterilisation.

Emergency financial assistance has been offered to kiwifruit growers’ for disease prevention measures.