The pipfruit industry has received new government funding for pest and disease research to improve access for New Zealand apple exports to Asian markets.

Pipfruit New Zealand’s chief executive Alan Pollard said that integrated pest management approach had been successfully used for fruit going to the main export markets in Europe. "We’re looking at more biological controls, we’re looking at better management on orchard and postharvest, we’re looking at alternatives to some of the treatments that our markets require us to undertake, all on the basis of giving greater assurance around pest and disease management and food safety."

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