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Move over dairy, horticulture is advancing

3rd February 2017

Horticulture is expanding and growing through exports. Today, 60% of what we grow in New Zealand is exported. Data shows that horticulture exports increased by 40% from June 2014 to 2016; this rapid growth shows no signs of slowing down, and horticulture will continue to play a valuable role in the New...

New horizons for horticulture

3rd April 2017

The Tree Crops Association held its conference in New Plymouth last weekend. More than 100 highly enthusiastic growers attended, ranging from back-yard growers through to commercial growers.  Their interest in and passion for horticulture was very evident. I had the privilege to speak to them about the new horizons for horticulture.

Opportunities abound in horticulture

3rd July 2017

Horticulture is "on a bit of a roll" Prime Minister Bill English said last week, “with the kiwifruit and apple industries leading the charge and creating a bit of excitement for New Zealand's economy”. This is substantiated in two reports released last week.

Horticulture has a great story to tell

3rd August 2017

Horticulture has a fantastic story to tell. It is one about growth, a significant contribution to New Zealand’s financial well-being, environmental sustainability, safe and healthy food, the increasing value of our exports, and an industry with many and varied career opportunities. The vital contribution that horticulture is and will increasingly continue making...

Horticulture ripe for investment

30th June 2017

World-wide consumer interest in healthy food, growers being early-adopters of innovation, and rapid growth make horticulture in New Zealand ripe for further investment, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.

Horticulture says “let’s not do this”

9th August 2017

Reacting to today’s statement from Labour on freshwater, and in the absence of any detailed policy to go with that, Horticulture New Zealand says “let’s not do this”.

Telling our food story

14th February 2018

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? In the past year, we have taken on the challenge of getting our food story out to urban New Zealand and our local and central government politicians. Along the way, we’ve discovered that a lot of...

Balance needed between climate change mitigation and food production

3rd August 2018

In a letter published in the scientific journal, Nature Climate Change, entitled “Risk of increased food insecurity under stringent global climate change mitigation policy” the authors advise that their “analysis shows that by 2050, the potential for a sizable increase in the risk of hunger is higher in the (Representative...