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NZ kiwifruit crisis continues

A kiwifruit-killing disease is spreading throughout orchards in New Zealand, threatening to devastate the nation's billion-dollar industry.

On Monday, it was confirmed that 13 Bay of Plenty orchards had been struck with bacteria pseudomonas syringae pv actinidiae - or PSA - up from the eight named on the weekend.

Investigations are being conducted to find out how long the disease has been in New Zealand, how far it has spread and what is the best way to contain it.

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