Kiwifruit have been making headlines for a few years now. In 2010 the bacterial disease, Psa-V, hit New Zealand’s kiwifruit vines and the public watched as the industry worked together through difficult times to assist growers and combat the effects.
“Sadly there were some casualties. However, the combined knowledge and resources resulted in changes to the way things are done on orchards and prompted a change to the main variety of gold kiwifruit grown here,” says Aongatete Coolstores Ltd grower services manager Tracey Chinnery.
“The industry as a whole has bounced back and is proving itself to be a NZ success story.”
Return on investment per hectare for kiwifruit outshines the returns for many other horticultural or agricultural endeavours.
People are all talking about house prices in Auckland but kiwifruit orchard prices have skyrocketed in the last few years. This is being driven by the fantastic return on investment for kiwifruit per hectare compared to the returns for many other horticultural or agricultural endeavours, says Tracey.
“The best part is that you do not have to be a kiwifruit grower to achieve these returns. The team at Aongatete Coolstores Ltd, as well as packing fruit for independent growers, run a fully operational horticultural division for operating all aspects of your orchard management from winter pruning, soil, canopy and spray management right through to harvest.”
There are a full range of options available, allowing orchard owners as much or as little input as they like. A detailed plan is worked through with owners, explaining the work on-orchard and giving options on who is responsible for each task.
“There are a lot of owners new to the industry who want to learn and take over operations on their property and we work with them to maximise the potential for their orchard.
“Aongatete Coolstores Ltd back up the flexible management options with flexible contracts including lease or management options to round off the total package,” says Tracey.
“We are thrilled to have a very experienced team, who are achieving great results on-orchard which complement the performance of our technologically-advanced packhouse in harvesting higher returns for our orchard owners,” says Tracey.