New Zealand, Australia

Fight lost to keep potato mop top virus out of New Zealand

The fight to wipe out a potato disease from New Zealand has been lost, according to a report published by Rural News in that country.

Biosecurity NZ and Potatoes NZ have reportedly ceased their joint eradication response to Potato mop-top virus (PMTV). The industry says it will now be taking the lead on long-term management of the disease.

PMTV was confirmed in NZ in September 2018, initially concentrated in grower paddocks in Canterbury. But a national survey has shown the virus is now NZ-wide, indicating that it has been in NZ for a long time.

Potatoes NZ chief executive Chris Claridge says it was a successful end to the first joint response. The industry is developing a plan which will incorporate research from world experts, in line with best practice.

Full report by Rural News here