Prospects for a good Kiwifruit Gold payout

Zespri's first payment forecast for the 2019-20 season puts SunGold kiwifruit growers firmly in the six figure a hectare earnings category with returns falling firmly in the top end of the range predicted in June.

Avocado volumes up on last year

With the new avocado season starting exporters are continuing to work on building penetration into the Chinese market after last year’s first shipment success.

Scales continues to reap rewards

Apple sizes might have been smaller after a difficult growing season but Scales Corporation has a bumper balance sheet after a busy time of deal-making.

Expansion boosts sales, profits

Continuing sales of Northland kiwifruit orchards and income from sales of Australia orchards will reduce Seeka’s debts to more conservative levels, the directors say.

Protection for fertile soils

New policies and standards could protect the most fertile and versatile land as soon as next year.

Far North iwi buys market garden

Far North iwi Te Rarawa has spent a substantial but undisclosed sum buying the Bell’s Produce horticulture business near Kaitaia.

Distant experts fight bug threat

Two scientists on opposite sides of the world are at the forefront of the battle to keep some of the most insidious, damaging pests at bay from valuable food crops. This summer in northern Italy they are working closely in an effort to try to stymie the spread of the voracious brown marmorated stink bug there and keep it out of New Zealand entirely. Richard Rennie spoke to Professors Claudio Ioriatti of Foundazione Edmund Mach and Max Suckling of New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research and University of Auckland about their battle with bugs across the hemispheres.

Go north for horticultural scope

Major avocado, kiwifruit and berry fruit developments in the north signal strong confidence in horticulture and point the way for Northland iwi investments from Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

Loan work will help all growers

Hydrophonic growing of berry fruit is to be expanded and a centre for skills education and employment developed at Maungatapere, near Whangarei, with a $2.37 million loan from the Provincial Growth Fund.