Land loss diminishes food supply

High-value soils at Pukekohe must be protected from ever increasing urban creep, a Deloitte report commissioned by Horticulture New Zealand says.

T&G Global profit up

An earlier and stronger pipfruit export season helped T&G Global increase half-year operating earnings.

Urban folk want food reassurance

Not long ago food producers were fully trusted by consumers of their produce but times have changed, Pipfruit New Zealand general manager Bruce Beaton says.

Egan tackles industry issues

Tim Egan’s passion for horticulture and commitment to the industry were honoured at the Horticulture New Zealand conference in Christchurch. He talked to Annette Scott about what drives his enthusiasm.

Growers’ champions rewarded

Kiwifruit industry leader Peter McBride has been honoured with Horticulture New Zealand’s premier award, the Bledisloe Cup.

Death of the chemical farmer

Horticulturalists gathered in Christchurch last week to discuss the future as the age of chemical warfare on pests, weeds and diseases draws to a close and gives way to bio-protection and new methods as simple as physical barriers. Annette Scott was there to hear about what’s in store and why New Zealand is lagging.

Growers’ roots reach back across century

Pukekohe has long been known for vegetable growing but the industry’s importance is at the forefront in 2018, the centenary year of the Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association.

Growers’ success spans hemispheres

The Lazio district south of Rome is the northern hemisphere equivalent of Te Puke in Bay of Plenty. The districts might be 18,000km apart but growers in both play an invaluable role in Zespri’s efforts to continually meet the burgeoning demand for popular SunGold kiwifruit.

Trap system nails orchard pests

With its proliferate plant growth and multiple crops the Western Bay of Plenty offers a veritable smorgasbord of food options to pests like rats, mice and possums. With that comes a headache for avocado growers and tree croppers trying to keep them at bay. An orcharding couple have seized on new trap technology to try to turn the tide. They told Richard Rennie about their approach.