Economic War? How China spreads disease



Yesterday there was a report that scientists at Otago University have figured out the path that the Kiwifruit bacterial disease, PSA, took to get to New Zealand by analysing DNA.

I’ve been waiting for someone to suggest the introduction of PSA into New Zealand wasn’t accidental. ?That it could possibly be a deliberate act of economic war.

Here’s the critical part of ODT piece?? Read more »

One or the other, take your pick, the Herald has no idea

Rebecca Quilliam is usually a “decent journalist, trained and skilled” but she let one past the keeper yesterday:



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Stupid is as Stupid does


Some people really are blessed with an abundance of stupidity…take this Kiwifruit farmer in Te Puke who didn’t want to risk losing his vines and so set about performing an illegal act which resulted in him suffering a much worse fate:

A ONE News investigation has revealed as many as 50 kiwifruit growers have illegally injected their vines with antibiotics, in a desperate attempt to combat the vine killing bacteria.

Te Puke grower and industry leader Michael Montgomery admitted to ONE News he injected 17 hectares of kiwifruit vines in a bid to save his plants from PSA.

As a result Montgomery, who did not want to be interviewed, has been banned from selling tonnes of kiwifruit.

He told ONE News he accepts the practice is illegal.

PSA has been spreading through the Te Puke region killing vines, and at last count costing the industry nearly $900 million.

Antibiotics can be administered to plants in two different ways, one by pushing capsules into drill-holes in the trunk, the other by injecting the plant.

Montgomery is not alone, ONE News was told as many as 50 growers have broken the rules.

So his vines are safe but he can;t use them, his product is banned and worse he has put at risk the whole industry because of his stupidity:

Injecting vines was never allowed due to fears that antibiotics in the food chain will eventually cause humans to form immunity to the medicines.

By law any fruit that has been contaminated by antibiotics cannot be sold in New Zealand, and it definitely cannot be exported.

Intent on protecting the export market, Zespri has resorted to testing all orchards before taking the fruit.

The man is a fuckwit…and so are his mates. Wuite how this has helped him is beyond me. The vines may as well be destroyed now.


Why the bail out then?

Well now, here is some interesting news considering the industry is currently picking the pockets of taxpayers.

Next year’s kiwifruit crop could be bigger than this year’s, despite the billion-dollar industry grappling with a bacterial disease.

Zespri director of corporate and grower services Carol Ward said based on present information there would not be an impact on next year’s crop volume.

“The extent of orchards with the infection is less than we would normally see in a seasonal variation so we still anticipate strong production,” she said.

“And, fingers crossed, if growing conditions are good then we will see increased production coming through.”

Exporter Zespri in its 2009/10 annual report said the volume of New Zealand-grown trays sold was 98.5 million, with a global volume and sales of 108.3 million trays and $1.5 billion respectively.

“We also do recognise that the viability and prosperity of our industry requires a focus on those orchard practices that need to be undertaken at this time of year to ensure a successful crop for next year,” Ward said.

“Our world has changed; we’ve got to increase vigilance now on orchard hygiene, but business goes on.”

Ok so why have these greedy pricks got their hands out for $35 million in funding?

Why is it that when anything goes wrong in the agriculture sector the very first thing these bludgers do is put their hand out for cash.

Zespri stuffing an industry

Zespri is a government mandated monopsony, they even have their own law. Something goes wrong with their?genetically?modified?and patented “gold” fruit and all of a sudden we, the taxpayer, has to cough up, even though they have enjoyed monopsony profits for years. They cultivate and enjoy special treatment. ?MP’s even go visit their business to see how they fleece the competition.

Why cant Zespri fix their own problems? ?Because as you can see for yourself reports are in today to say this coming crop will be bigger and better than ever.

Zespri strangling NZ

We have constant calls for the ending of welfare, well it;s high time we stopped corporate welfare, especially if the bludgers are in control of monopsony profits.