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My Daily Digest: January 8, 2021

Doubly cruel blow  While pastoral farmers have mainly been enjoying good growing conditions these past few weeks, for fruitgrowers it has been a disaster. Hail and rain has ruined crops at both ends of the South Island with hops growers also copping it.

It’s a doubly cruel blow considering the past months were spent trying to muster up enough pickers to bring in the crops.

Those people hoping to make a few bob will be twiddling their thumbs as the apples, kiwifruit and cherries aren’t fit for sale.

Food production is always at the mercy of the elements but the reports about the hail in Tasman, in particular, seem astonishingly out of the ordinary.

Here’s hoping growers can ride out this latest storm and emerge to face the elements again.


Bryan Gibson


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