10 Aug 2013

Illegal kiwifruit orchard pulled out

8:52 am on 10 August 2013

Ministry for Primary Industries staff have removed a backyard kiwifruit orchard grown in an Auckland suburb from illegally imported seeds.

The ministry says the orchard was planted in 1999 from seeds brought into the country in a container of household goods.

Spokesperson Katherine Clift says tests have shown the 100 plants do not carry any serious viruses, bacteria or fungi.

Dr Clift says a staff member was alerted to the backyard orchard last year, when they were asked about a retrospective import permit.