Bad weather damages New Zealand apricots
Bad weather has taken a toll of apricots from the Otago region of New Zealand, according to local newspaper The Southland Times.
Frost and storms in September reduced the harvest. A lack of pollination early in the season also had an effect.
One grower, Stephen Jeffrey, told the newspaper that his crop was 30% to 40% lower than last year.
The effect on exports and prices are not yet clear, the newspaper reported.
A representative of another grower, Summerfruit Orchards, said having several varieties of apricots has mitigated losses, the newspaper reported.