7 Oct 2014

Seeka warns of further Psa losses

7:23 am on 7 October 2014

New Zealand's largest kiwifruit grower says there is potential for further losses resulting from Psa as more growers join a class action suit against the Government for damages.

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Seeka Kiwifruit Industries has joined others taking court action against against Biosecurity New Zealand officials for negligence over the outbreak of the vine-killing disease in the North Island.

The disease was first spotted in Bay of Plenty orchards in 2010 and is estimated to have cost the industry more than $885 million, according to a report commissioned by the Government.

Seeka chief executive Michael Franks said the company expects its harvests to eventually return to pre-Psa levels, but this has not happened yet.

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