Iwi backs high-value molecules harvest

Bay of Plenty iwi will be the first in the country to harvest high-value bioactive molecules alongside their perennial kiwifruit crops in coming years.

Apple values are sweeter

New Zealand Apples and Pears (NZAPI) has reported export returns of $870 million for the 2019-20 selling season from the 2019 crop.

Delegat profits up by 37%

Wine maker Delegat Group’s unaudited profit after tax for the year to June 30 rose 37% to $64.1 million, the company reported.


No free pass for market gardens

Horowhenua market gardener and Manawatu-Whanganui regional councillor Emma Clarke is adamant any removal of the district from Government nitrogen rules is far from a get-out-of-jail card for growers.


Trees, vines still need workers

The first graduates from the Government-funded winter pruning programme have stepped onto kiwifruit orchards as the industry continues to eye more workers amid continuing labour shortages.

Chips glut threatens spud sector

Potatoes New Zealand wants anti-dumping tariffs imposed on imported chips as it fears a real threat to the $1 billion local potato industry.

Rural water hijacked

Farmers are worried Environment Minister David Parker’s decision to fast track Watercare’s consent to take Waikato River water for Aucklanders will come at the expense of their allocations.

Regen agriculture spreads north

Regenerative agriculture seminars attracted capacity audiences in Northland last week to listen to Peter Barrett, of Linnburn Station, Central Otago, and fellow presenter Jono Frew.

Hort cruising but has headwinds

The origins of the oft-repeated adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away might date back more than 100 years but can certainly be applied to New Zealand’s covid-19 economic health.