Story: Stone fruit and the summerfruit industry

Cherry exports to Japan

Cherries are a major export crop. To export cherries to Japan New Zealand had to assure Japanese authorities that codling moth, which is prevalent in New Zealand but not present in Japan, would not be introduced with exported fruit. This 1985 film clip shows Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) scientists testing fumigation techniques. Subsequently, by developing a routine for orchard checking and fruit inspection for codling moths, New Zealand was able to gain fumigation-free access to Japan.

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Marie Dawkins, 'Stone fruit and the summerfruit industry - Exports and imports', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 February 2020)

Story by Marie Dawkins, published 24 Nov 2008