New Zealand Government To Invest Millions In Kiwi Varieties

The Government and the kiwifruit industry will invest almost $36 million over seven years to research plant breeding and new varieties.

The $35.7 million dollar investment into the combined Zespri and Plant&Food Research programme aimed to develop new kiwifruit varieties, Minister of Research Science and Technology Wayne Mapp said today.

The Foundation for Research, Science and Technology will contribute $15.2 million to the programme with Zespri contributing $20.5 million.

The partnership would form the world’s largest and most significant research and development (R&D) programme into new kiwifruit varieties, the parties said.

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