11 Nov 2013

Kiwifruit industry optimistic at three year PSA anniversary

6:34 am on 11 November 2013

It's three years to the month since the PSA disease was discovered at an kiwifruit orchard an orchard on the outskirts of Te Puke.

And the head of Kiwifruit Vine Health says the industry is in a better place now than it has ever been since the discovery of PSA.

Since November 2010, 2292 orchards have been infected with a virulent form of PSA, PSA-V, accounting for 77% of the country's kiwifruit hectares.

KVH chief executive Barry O'Neil says $12 million has been spent during the last three years on researching and developing ways and tools to manage the disease.

He says some of the new varieties such as G3 are holding up very well in a PSA environment and even the green Hayward in most cases is still performing well.

"We're quietly optimistic that with the recommended approaches that we have to managing PSA that we'll be able to grow through the impacts."

Mr O'Neil says it's hoped that 12 months from now with more research and experience growers will be in an even stronger position.