New Zealand: Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   NZ2023-0009

New Zealand apple production in 2022/23 has been revised down sharply as a result of the damage caused by Cyclone Gabrielle, which hit the nation’s largest apple growing and exporting region – Hawke’s Bay/Gisborne – in February. This cyclone hit just as the harvest was starting, and thousands of hectares were either completely washed away by floods or covered in silt. Although efforts and initiatives are already underway in the region to try and recover trees and infrastructure, the impacts to the industry are anticipated to have multiyear effects. Both apple production and exports in 2022/23 are expected to fall to the lowest levels since 2009/2010.

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