The Keep in Touch rainproof system has proved to be effective at a distance of 10 meters, saving the production of kiwi fruit, while all was lost under the conventional plastic dome cover when temperatures dropped to 6°C below zero. The results are here described by Mario Tonioni, technical manager of the Keep in Touch systems offered by the company Boscato Reti.
In Corsica, the kiwi crops have not been spared by the cold. For Pascal Fazi, who has been growing nearly 5 hectares of kiwis since 2015, the frost has caused significant damage. Kiwis normally like the cold, but the young shoots are literally burned. “The more rustic kiwi fruit can withstand very cold, even negative temperatures when it is winter.
The French kiwifruit harvest is in full swing. At SIKIG, sales will start in a week. “We are very happy with the quality. We are harvesting fruits with a high Brix. However, when it comes to quantity, the French are disappointed. All the production areas have fewer fruits than expected,” reports Pascale Begoulle of the SIKIG company.
A training programme to help the kiwifruit industry provide employment opportunities for New Zealanders is receiving Government funding. Up to $200,000 is being invested to help people into work and meet urgent seasonal demand in the sector. “We know that people have lost their jobs because of COVID-19, and we know there is significant and urgent demand for trained workers in the horticulture sector.”
A decade ago, several agricultural producers in the Valencian town of Picassent started planting kiwifruit in the region, as they were looking for an alternative to oranges, whose price was falling sharply. The manager of the Agro-Cítrica cooperative, Vicente Fort, said that this town has ended up becoming the largest kiwifruit producer in the entire Region of Valencia.
Greece suddenly has to deal with major snowfall. Although this could be a bad thing for many growers of various fruits and veggies, for Zeus the snow couldn’t have come at a better time. The harvesting of the kiwis has been over for quite some time, but the cold temperature means the company has a great year to look forward to. Dangerous weather, that’s what local news outlets are calling it.
The 2018 Italian green kiwi production quantification by CSO Italy has now ended.The production did not meet expectations, especially because of exceptionally adverse climate conditions which negatively affected the pre-harvesting fall phase. The total green kiwi marketable production – destined to the fresh produce market – was 333.000 tons, similar to what happened in 2017 and less than 30% of the 2013-16 average.
Two years ago, 500 frost-resistant kiwi plants were planted on half a hectare in the Cherkasy region. Now there are plans to increase the area with another ten hectares. The kiwi -or Chinese gooseberry- is one of the best cultures, says Mr. Mikhailov, a local grower. Its profitability is much higher than that of peaches, strawberries, cherries or apples. Every year, Ukraine imports 10,000 to 12,000 tonnes of this fruit, while the Ukrainians can grow them at home.
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