FIELDAYS: High-value soils under pressure

Valuing high-quality soils as a resource of national significance is a step closer as the Government considers submissions in coming weeks on a national policy statement to protect them.

Iwi hort gets boost on coast

Iwi and the kiwifruit industry are welcoming the latest tranche of funding from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund that brings prospects of even greater funding in coming years.

Horticulture’s earnings surge

Vegetable seed exports have helped push the horticultural sector to a record earnings year, lifting total sales by $400 million to top $9.2 billion in the year ended on June 30 last year.

Fund to invest in horticulture

MyFarm has launched a $100 million fund to invest in a group of horticultural enterprises rather than one-at-a-time syndicates for kiwifruit, avocados, hops and pack houses.

Zespri strikes gold in season’s returns

Solid growth in international sales volumes, a faster rise in accompanying fruit revenue and strong fruit licensing income have all helped push Zespri’s gross revenue exceed $3 billion, a first for the kiwifruit marketer.

Hort wants big picture gas policy

Growers’ views on the Government’s greenhouse gas goals are muted but Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says the main issue facing the horticultural sector is emissions from fertiliser use.

Mail centre a pest weak point

Though New Zealand has a world-leading biosecurity border system weaknesses still need attention as global freight and mail volumes grow, an independent review has found.

OIO okays sale

Scales Corporation will pursue further investment in agribusinesses now the sale of its Polarcold cold store assets is due to be settled.