Stemming lifestyle block growth

Land Squeeze DinkusSoaring kiwifruit orchard values have helped take some steam from the lure of subdividing quality land into smaller blocks in Western Bay of Plenty. 

Grower challenges land loss

Land Squeeze DinkusBharat Bhana and his family have managed to keep their 700ha around Pukekohe in use growing vegetables but he is uncertain how long they can hold out as they are ring-fenced by  industrial and housing subdivisions.

Virus still only in Canterbury

Potato mop top virus, found in New Zealand in September, has now been identified in 13 paddocks with a further 18 paddocks under surveillance.

Delegat wine sales still on up

Top-end winemaker Delegat Group has again set record interim earnings and expects the trend to continue.

Seeka thrives on a big season

Seeka's aggressive expansion is paying off despite challenges in Australia and with the banana selling business.

Strong profitability in its kiwifruit post-harvest operations compensated for some of the under-performance.

Third male Queensland fruit fly found

Scores of biosecurity staff are fanning out over Auckland’s North Shore checking hundreds of surveillance traps and inspecting fruit in search of the Queensland fruit fly.

Crops offer good investment potential

Permanent crops for eight industries with collective market values of more than $20 billion have good investment potential in the primary sector, agricultural economist Con Williams says.