Reminder to be on the lookout for anything unusual
Growers are asked to keep an eye out for signs of their fruit being affected by any pests or bugs, particularly deposits of white exudate on the outer skin.
KVH and Zespri are working closely with a small number of growers in Northland (as well as with research experts) who have reported low levels of damage to some of their fruit, to learn more about what’s happening to the fruit itself and what’s been seen on the affected orchards.
Most of the damaged kiwifruit is being found on edge rows in blocks and includes very small pinprick sized holes on the fruit. The area around the hole can be slightly darker or slightly depressed. There is often a small white deposit near the holes, which can be easily brushed off.
Growers have told us they’ve seen the same symptoms at this time of the year in the past - especially the white exudate - so the recent warm, wet and humid weather conditions (typical of the season) are a timely reminder to be on the lookout.
KVH is keen to hear from any grower that may have similar symptoms so that we can learn more about where and when fruit is being affected.
If you spot anything similar let your postharvest company know, take a photo and report it to KVH by emailing [email protected] or phone us on 0800 665 825.