[5 March/Radio NZ]

Across the country, vegetables such as cauliflower had increased to up to $10 a head which is more than double the average price. Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive, Mike Chapman, said heavy rain, cyclone Gita and high humidity are causing crops to go to seed or rot. He added that limited supply meant growers were losing production and money. Pukekohe-based R C Hari Fruit and Vegetable Growers spokesman, Kiran Hari, said he lost 80 percent of his crop this season. They have been growing farming in the area for 80 years and do not remember a summer this humid before. He noted that the price didn’t necessarily cover costs and it was unlikely the crop broke even this season. Mr Hari was hoping for dry weather to salvage the rest of his crops.