It seems the old Kiwifruit Export Regulations are on the verge of getting revised, which will enable owners to export new varieties of kiwifruit. Today, the Parliament’s move was greeted by the Chairman of the nation's top fresh produce exporter.
A Private Member's Bill has been filed by Party ACT with support from the Government, which would allow owners of Kiwifruit Plant Variety Rights (PVRs) or licensees of PVRs, to export the fruit without any constraint.
Tony Gibbs, Chairman of Turners & Growers says that the Kiwifruit Industry Restructuring (Plant Variety Rights) Amendment Bill is a big step forward to rule out the "hypocrisy" of the Kiwifruit Regulations, which prohibit the export rivalry in the kiwifruit industry, presently.
The regulation arrived in the same week, when the Government gave its consent to "fair and open" competition in the dairy industry.
The globe's first commercialized red kiwifruit, ENZARed, is owned by Turners & Growers. It has the potential to compete with the export revenues of Gold kiwifruit.
Gibbs said, "We've lead the kiwifruit industry here in identifying innovative new varieties as the way of the future, we've got the first red in commercial production, a premium gold variety and the new Summerkiwi also established here - we need the rules updated to keep pace".