2000 RSE workers given green light

The horticulture industry is welcoming approval for 2000 seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands to work in New Zealand, and hopes it may allow the industry to soon manage its own isolation facilities.

Avocado exports disrupted

Avocado exports are battling air and sea freight disruptions this season to move an estimated 4.2 million 5.5kg trays of fruit, a 10% increase on last season.

Back to the future

The shortage and absence of foreign backpackers looking for work, has orchardists worried fruit may be left unpicked. Cromwell stone fruit growers Kevin and Mark Jackson spoke to Neal Wallace.

Horticulture investments hot property

Rural investment specialist MyFarm has seen a big increase in New Zealanders looking to invest in the primary sector, with the horticulture sector particularly popular.

Kiwifruit industry weighs RSE worker impact

While kiwifruit may be the last large crop harvested this season, the industry is looking nervously at what the impact is likely to be on other large crops and how an impending shortage will be managed.

Added investment in horticulture

The Syndex online platform for privately-owned companies, syndicates and partnerships is noticing a trend towards primary sector investment opportunities, chief executive Ross Verry says.

Big names back kiwifruit fund

A GROUP of high-profile kiwifruit identities are backing an investment fund aimed specifically at raising money to purchase existing or greenfield SunGold kiwifruit orchards.

Potato dump claims investigated

An investigation has been launched following claims of European countries dumping surplus frozen potato products on the New Zealand local market.

New ships strengthen ties

Capacity for New Zealand’s kiwifruit exporting has received a significant boost with the commissioning of three new specialist vessels servicing Zespri markets.