The strong winds that lashed the country at the weekend have caused significant damage to some kiwifruit and avocado orchards in the Bay of Plenty. Cyclone Dovi caused flooding, downed trees and cut power to homes. Bay of Plenty orchardist Hugh Moore said some avocado trees were completely uprooted by the wind, while others had lost branches full of fruit. He said both new season fruit and the last of this season’s crop have been impacted. New Zealand Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular says the season has been difficult with softer demand in some export markets leaving growers struggling to get break-even prices. She says the large volume of fruit that has fallen on the ground won’t be salvageable, due to food safety issues and bruising. with one grower saying they’d lost half of their crop which had been ready to be harvested between now and April.
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