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New Zealand storms damage avocado crop

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New Zealand storms damage avocado crop

Avocado growers on New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty were taking stock of storm damage on their trees and fruit, with some facing a 30% loss, the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) reported.

More than a week of storms wreaked havoc across the country, causing trouble for growers in all agricultural sectors. Higher elevations saw snow, while lower land experienced rain and high winds.

The winds damaged avocados nearly ready for harvest, knocking them to the ground or rubbing them together, causing blemishes. Greenhouses also were damaged, NZPA reported.

"A significant number of growers will be suffering significant loss from the effects of this wind," John Schnackenberg, chairman of the Avocado Industry Council, is quoted as saying.

Damage to the trees’ flowers is unclear and may not be evident for months, he told NZPA.


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