AN EVALUATION OF CHERRY PRODUCTION IN NEW ZEALAND
This paper evaluates a number of production and financial aspects of growing both traditionally and intensively spaced cherry trees in the established growing areas. Variable climatic conditions in some locations prior to harvesting have resulted in poor quality crops and low yields. A number of New Zealand cherry growers have recently erected overhead shelters to protect the fruit from rain over the critical period prior to harvest. Covering cherries enables a higher percentage of the fruit to be exported in peak condition at higher prices. The long term cost and benefits of erecting shelters are discussed.
Recent advancements in covering materials, engineering design and the use of growth regulators could make this operation viable on limited areas of a cherry property. Profitability will depend on obtaining sufficient export quality fruit at good export prices.