8th March 2021 By Staff Reporter | firstname.lastname@example.org | @foodtickernz
The 2021 kiwifruit season has begun, forecast to overtake last year’s last year’s record of 157 million trays of export green and gold.
New Zealand had around 2800 growers who produced kiwifruit across 13,000 hectares of orchards between Kerikeri in the north and Motueka in the south.
The forecast record crop meant there were a lot of jobs available for picking and packing, with up to 23,000 seasonal workers expected in orchards and packhouses during the April peak.
The kiwifruit industry contributed almost $2bn to New Zealand’s economy in 2020.
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