Kiwi growers see the upside of crop devastation

A bacterial infestation that forced New Zealand's kiwifruit growers to destroy thousands of vines in 2010 is paying off now in higher prices. Global kiwi prices rose 8.1% last year, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department, and exports to Japan, New Zealand's main kiwi customer, increased by 12% the year before. The country grows about 33% of all kiwis sold at fruit stands and in supermarkets worldwide. Prices are expected to rise further on a smaller crop this year.

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