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Central Otago cherry growers had previously said, despite a slow start to the season and smaller crops, some were making more money per kilogram than this time last year, partly because of fruit losses in Nelson and Marlborough.
Summerfruit Orchards, in Earnscleugh, harvested 1.5 tonnes of Sonnet cherries in the first pick of the season on Saturday with 60 staff - 30 to pick and another 30 in the packhouse.
Otago Daily Times reporter Sarah Marquet went to see the picking and packing process.