For strawberry growers that may be too little too late. There are plenty of strawberries to go round this Christmas, but next year may be a different proposition with stressed strawberry growers around the country having struggled to find workers, harvest and export strawberries and some growers now questioning whether to sell up altogether and leave the industry. They say unless urgent changes are made to the industry, they’ll uproot or won’t replant for the next season meaning strawberries next year may become increasingly hard to come by. The growers say Kiwis don’t want to do pick strawberries, and many prove to be “incompetent”. Exporting fruit, especially strawberries with short shelf lives, has also proven difficult with Covid-19 resulting in limited freight flights available. Strawberries need to be planted around May so many growers will be making decisions about the future of their strawberry crops in January.