Monday, 30 March 2020 14:24

COVID-19: Vegetable growers adapting quickly

Written by  Sudesh Kissun
Pukekohe vegetable growers are adapting quickly to Alert Level 4 restrictions. Pukekohe vegetable growers are adapting quickly to Alert Level 4 restrictions.

Pukekohe vegetable growers are adapting quickly to the new COVID-19 restrictions, says Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association president Kylie Faulkner.

“Some of the ruling looked impossible to start with – like the 2m distancing. But with a bit of Kiwi ingenuity we are overcoming it,” she says.

“Members were overwhelmed to start with but are adapting quickly.”

Vegetable growers are considered “essential services” by the Government and allowed to operate under the Level Four Alert lockdown.

Faulkner says it’s too early to say how the lockdown will affect vegetable supply.

“I believe there is going to be less pressure on green vegetables due to the independent fruit and vege shops being closed. 

“However, it all depends on individual businesses and their capabilities with staff and other things over these times – that is, some may lose staff due to having to look after children at home.”

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