[28 January/The Country]

As the growing season for cherries in Central Otago draws to a close growers remain happy with their numbers. Summerfruit New Zealand market data as of January 20 indicated more than 1.4 million kg of export cherry sales this year to date, which is considerably down from previous years. The 2017-18 season period export sales totalled 3.6 million. One orchardist in Cromwell described the season as successful while a Roxburgh grower said he was ”quite pleased” with the cherry harvest to date. Sarita Orchard manager Matt Blanch, of Cromwell, said there had been an average crop load this season had adding the rain has caused a few issues.