One step closer in fight against Psa-V

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A plan to help fight the kiwifruit vine killing disease Psa-V is one step closer.

The results of the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) have been announced.

Results from the NPMP grower poll confirmed growers and leaseholders support the implementation of a pest management plan.

Fifty per cent of eligible voters cast their votes and 77 per cent of those voters supported the proposed management plan.

Kiwifruit Vine Health said overall support was "very strong", with more than 90 per cent support in ten out of seventeen regions.

Two thirds of the votes were cast by land-owner growers and one third by lease-holder growers.

The land-owner growers voted 84 per cent in support of the NPMP and the lease-holder growers voted 65 per cent in support.

KVH said Psa-V posed "a significant risk" to all New Zealand kiwifruit growers.

Psa was identified in November 2010.

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