This year was one of the most financially unrewarding kiwifruit harvests in recent memory due to the low volume produced. New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated chief executive Colin Bond says the industry did relatively well during Covid. The last two years have seen a raft of problems for growers beginning with quality then poor pollination, wind, flooding, hail and cyclones reducing the crop size. Original estimates forecast 160 million trays of kiwifruit would be produced, but Bond says the final number is likely to be well under 140m trays – well down on 2022′s 175m trays. Each tray averages around 30 individual kiwifruit. Colin Bond says there is some light at the end of the tunnel, with 2024 forecast to be one of the largest harvests ever.
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