27 Feb 2012

Kiwifruit pollen review results expected by April

7:03 am on 27 February 2012

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) says it will know the results of a review into the importation of kiwifruit pollen by April.

MAF commissioned the independent review late last year to investigate how the kiwifruit disease Psa entered the country in 2010.

Last week it announced the terms of reference of the review, including the importation of kiwifruit pollen, plant material, fruit, nursery stock and horticultural equipment.

New Zealand imported pollen from Chile and China from 2008 to 2010, but stopped when Psa broke out.

MAF says the review will be conducted by David Moore, the chief executive of Sapere Research, an independent Australasian strategic analyst consultancy.

MAF director general Wayne McNee says he will have the findings by April, and will make them available to the public.

Kiwifruit Vine Health and Primary Industries Minister David Carter requested the review.