Haami Hanara is on trial in the High Court in Napier, accused of stabbing 40-year-old Hawke's Bay man Kelly Donner in Hastings in March.
In the last year, Turners and Growers in Hawke's Bay have employed 204 workers from the Ministry of Social Development’s books.
Police believe a body found on Saturday is that of Mr Latimer. Formal identification will be carried out today.
Donations of property from the public are being used to stem the problem - but some are only a short term solution.
Locals have been growing bananas for decades, but now $100,000 in funding has been granted to turn it into big business.