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NZ Kiwifruit Harvest Misses Target Amid Labor Shortage

Kiwifruit

Kiwifruit

Photographer: Brendon O'Hagan/Bloomberg

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New Zealand’s kiwifruit harvest has fallen short of expectations after poor weather affected yields and growers struggled to find the migrant labor normally used to pick the vines.

Harvest volume is now expected to be less than the record 177 million trays picked in 2021, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc said in a statement Tuesday in Wellington. Original forecasts were for 190 million trays. A tray holds 30 pieces of fruit.