8 Nov 2012

Avocado export harvest less than initial forecast

6:47 am on 8 November 2012

The volume of this year's avocado harvest for export is expected to be significantly less than initial estimates, with smaller fruit being picked.

The New Zealand Avocado Grower's Association is forecasting a harvest of 2.6 million trays, which is less than the initial forecast of 4 million trays.

Last year, more than 6 million trays of avocados were picked.

Chief executive Jen Scoular says a very wet winter may have had a part to play in the smaller fruit.

But Asian markets prefer smaller sized avocados.

Ms Scoular said smaller fruit mean there will be fewer trays because a tray may fit 18 large sized fruit, but 30 small sized ones.