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Minister Nathan Guy declares medium scale adverse event - assistance now available

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has declared a medium-scale adverse event for the primary sector in storm-hit  Northland.  Minister Nathan Guy visited Northland this morning and met with NZAGA Rep's Sue Culham and John Cotterell. After seeing the damage on avocado orchards first hand, he declared a "Medium-scale adverse event".  This means that assistance will be available to growers on the ground to clear orchards. This is great news for those affected and we urge you to please take up this offer of assistance.  "The first stage of this is to provide funding for Northland Rural Support Trust (NRST) to deliver help, support, and management advice to farmers and growers. The Trust have been working closely with MPI and local authorities to determine what's required in the clean-up phase after severe flooding and wind damage. "The storm has impacted around 80% of the primary sector in Northland with very high winds and heavy rainfall over a solid four day period. I’ve seen for myself the damage today at an avocado orchard severely damaged by wind and dairy farms near Whangarei under water.  "The local community has done a great [job] of pulling together and helping each other out. Farmers and growers are resilient and will get through this," says Mr Guy.  Rural Support Trust is the main body that will receive the assistance funding and will co-ordinate the clean-up required. What we need from growers is for you to register your orchard through the Rural Support Trust for this help. Please call 0800 787 254 – you need to register as soon as possible. If you already emailed Sue Culham after last week's call for storm damage information, you will still need to register with RST so they can take into account your specific needs.  All growers requiring help to clear fallen fruit, trees, branches etc please ring RST to register. You will need to give them details of what is required for your clean-up, such as:  situation of orchard, number of trees down to be cleared, if fruit on ground is to be cleared? 

Managing your trees after high winds

The severe weather experienced this week has resulted in some orchard damage and fruit fall. Below are some guidelines for assessing and managing trees with damage.  If you have any comments, images or questions please share these on the NZ Avocado Growers' Association Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/groups/nzavocado/ or contact Alvaro alvaro.vidiella@nzavocado.co.nz  Reminder of the protocols for windfall and new season fruit Harvesting avocados off the ground is a breach of industry Food Safety protocols and any fruit which has made contact with an uncovered ground surface will be more likely to develop bruising and rots during ripening. The EMS requirement for export and best practice for the New Zealand market is that fruit which has come in contact with an uncovered ground surface must not be packed for sale as fresh fruit. Quality issues can quickly erode turnover of fruit at retail and consequently diminish the value returned to growers. There is also the issue of new season fruit which has dropped. It is unlikely this fruit will have reached maturity and is therefore unsuitable for sale and consumption. Immature fruit, if presented for sale and consumed can hinder repeat purchase, slow down turnover and negatively impact avocado sales values.  If you are concerned about windfall fruit on your orchard please contact your pack house in the first instance.Full guidelines for domestic market maturity testing can be found here: http://industry.nzavocado.co.nz/industry/technical_resources.csn

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