Survey finds New Zealand food safe to eat

Press Release – Agcarm

The food we eat, how it is produced, and the residues that remain from crop protection products is dear to the hearts of many consumers. A survey released today confirms that the New Zealand diet is safe and that contaminants are very low – and mostly … Read more »

Record kiwifruit exports boost NZ overall exports in April

Article – BusinessDesk

May 24 (BusinessDesk) – A record month for kiwifruit exports helped push the country’s overall exports in April to the second-highest level ever, according to monthly trade data released today. Read more »

NZ Apple Industry Leads the World Four Years Running

Press Release – New Zealand Apples and Pears

The World Apple Review has for the fourth year running named New Zealands apple industry the most competitive on the global stage, against 33 major apple growing countries. Read more »

2017/18 season: excellent market performance lifts returns

Press Release – Zespri

Zespri has delivered an increase in value to growers, despite a season in which the volume of New Zealand kiwifruit sold fell by 11 percent. The total fruit and service payment to growers increased by 6 percent to $1.47 billion. Zespris global kiwifruit … Read more »

Central Otago Young Fruit Grower starts this Friday

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

Six of Central Otagos young fruit growers will face off in the Central Otago Young Fruit Grower of the Year competition in Cromwell on Friday, 25 May. Read more »

Exceptional response to the Hastings District Council’s LTP

Press Release – Hastings District Council

The response to calls for public input into Councils Long Term Plan has been excellent, with 125 formal submissions received and more than 1100 feedback surveys submitted. Read more »

Bumper crop of winners from Young Vegetable Grower

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

For the first time in the competitions history, there are two winners of the Young Vegetable Grower of the Year competition: Esteban Ibanez and Gurjant Singh. Read more »

Te Uru Rākau enters Mānuka partnership

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Hon Shane Jones Minister of Forestry 16 May 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT Te Uru Rkau enters Mnuka partnership Read more »

One-off offer of free manuka seedlings to landowners

Press Release – Forestry NZ

Te Uru Rakau (Forestry New Zealand) is partnering with Manuka Farming New Zealand to plant 1.8 million manuka seedlings across New Zealand. These seedlings will be provided free of charge to landowners that meet eligibility criteria. Read more »

New Zealand horticulture reaches new height at $8.8 billion

Press Release – Plant and Food Research

New Zealand horticulture had another record breaking year in 2017. The industry was valued at $8.8 billion, up $100 million from 2016, and the total value of exports was close to $5.12 billion, up $14 million from the year before. Read more »

BioGro fully supports a National Regulation

Press Release – BioGro

Press release – BioGro fully supports a National Regulation Agriculture and Food Safety Minister, Damien O’Connor has put forward a proposal for a National Organic Standard to be consulted on from Monday 14th May 2018. BioGro have been working hard, … Read more »

Vegetable industry cultivates healthy competition

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

Four of the finest young vegetable growers in New Zealand will go toe-to-toe in the Young Vegetable Grower of the Year competition in Christchurch on Friday, 18 May. Read more »

Winter crop survey starts this month

Press Release – Gisborne District Council

Councils regional survey of winter crops for animal consumption will begin at the end of the month. Read more »

Progress Welcomed on Regulation for Organics

Press Release – Organics Aotearoa New Zealand

Progress Welcomed on Defining a National Standard and Regulation for Organics Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) has welcomed the announcement from Minister of Agriculture Damien OConnor to open consultations to inform the next steps towards defining … Read more »

National organic standard consultation

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Hon Damien OConnor Minister of Agriculture and Food Safety 14 May 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT National organic standard consultation A proposal for a national organic standard is to be consulted on from today, says Agriculture and Food Safety Minister … Read more »

Scales has $220M war chest for acquisitions following sale

Article – BusinessDesk

May 14 (BusinessDesk) – Scales Corp will have about $220 million in its war chest to pursue merger and acquisition opportunities after the country’s largest apple grower sells its cold storage businesses to US-based Emergent Cold, according to … Read more »

Tomato hothouse business up for sale is ripe for the picking

Press Release – Bayleys

A large-scale hothouse tomato production business with the potential to expand its output further has been placed on the market for sale. Read more »

Opinion: Rail Freight’s Limitations

Opinion – National Road Carriers

The Government has been talking about getting freight off the countrys roads and onto alternative sea freight and particularly rail freight. Read more »

Takeaway and tomato prices up, but chicken cheaper

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Takeaway food and tomato prices rose in April, but chicken was the cheapest it has been in over 10 years, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

Robotics Plus signs global deal for robotic apple packers

Press Release – Robotics Plus

Deal highlights demand for agricultural automation technology; follows recent investment from Yamaha Motor Co. to accelerate companys growth Read more »

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