Zespri upbeat about 2021 as profit climbs 12%

Zespri is upbeat about this financial year despite the impact of covid-19, having reported a 12% increase in annual profit and returned almost $2 billion to the industry.

Course aims to up orchard skills

As the kiwifruit season enters its twilight Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a $200,000 training package to attract and upskill staff as a winter pruner shortage looms.

Native tree windfall from covid

Promised infrastructure projects and massive injections of covid-19 cash are setting the native tree sector up for windfall opportunities, providing the industry can set itself on a clear course to capitalise on the opportunities.

Trade needs help to save us

New Zealand can trade its way out of the post covid-19 recession but addressing trade, infrastructure and labour issues will make it easier, Horticulture NZ chief executive Mike Chapman says.

Lighter Touch for deadly sting

Deadlier biological controls and innovative biopesticides are the hopeful outcomes of a major investment in research for new crop protection methods.

Chips are down for spud growers

Potato growers want urgent Government action as local growers are threatened by extraordinarily cheap imported chips. 

Pruners are thin on the ground

Slower, less-exacting pruning is likely to be a reality for orchardists this winter as they adapt to having a far smaller pool of skilled pruners because of the covid crisis.

Burger run shows up food folly

The plan for a food security policy is long overdue with the McDonalds lettuce shortage highlighting its need more than ever, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.

It is a warning that should not be ignored.

Kiwifruit sales up on last year

With the complications of social distancing sorted at most kiwifruit packhouses the market prospects are also looking promising for Zespri as the industry passes through its peak harvest week.

In his latest industry update Zespri chief executive Dan Mathieson is upbeat about the prospects. 

Kiwifruit labour proves patchy

There are mixed messages in the kiwifruit sector about how many more workers can be put in harvesting roles as the industry enters the peak harvest weeks.

Seeka chief executive Michael Franks said the sector’s labour shortage over the past two seasons has been exacerbated by covid-19.