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A couple of years ago I bought a one hectare block of land with a house on it adjoining a kiwifruit orchard. The gentleman I bought it off had subdivided it from the kiwifruit orchard and at the time told me that he was going to farm organically. Almost immediately after I bought the property he onsold his orchard to someone else who has no intention to give up the pesticide programme. The nearest kiwifruit vines are within 100 meters of the house - and within 50 meters of our source of water - a bore. We are most unhappy about being sprayed and are no longer living on the property because of the effect the pesticides had on my wife and daughter. I wish to return to the property to run free range chickens but first must stop the spraying. If you have any information that would help me in my endeavours I would greatly appreciate your help.
David Kelly

Organic kiwifruit production is expanding rapidly with high economic rewards. The neighbours could be convinced to convert to certified organic production. There are training courses available through the Industry Training Organisation for growers who want to change (contact Bill Quinn c/- BOP Polytechnic). You could also try arguing chemical trespass. Best contact would be Meriel Watts at Soil and Health (soil@health.pl.net). The Agricultural Chemical Trespass Bill is still in the Parliamentary system.
Good Luck
Holger





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