Onions most unwanted
Onions New Zealand has produced a poster of the 10 most unwanted pests in its industry to help growers keep an eye out. The poster is featured on page 52 of this magazine.
Business manager James Kuperus says the poster is designed to underline the importance of post border surveillance and detection of unwanted organisms that may impact onion growers’ profitability.
“It is important to the onion industry to ensure if an unwanted organism does find its way into New Zealand that it is spotted early and dealt with before it becomes well established and little can be done.
“Onions New Zealand believes these are the 10 most likely exotic pests and diseases to cause significant economic impact to New Zealand onion growers. Some of these organisms could cause loss of market access or require additional treatment and others are deemed to be serious production pests.
“These are all exotic (not here) and it’s the way we want to keep it.” Onions New Zealand says the onion fly is its number one threat due to the implications it could have in additional treatment required to export to leading markets.