Kiwifruit growers short of hands

Getting more workers from overseas might be part but not the entire solution for a labour-strapped kiwifruit sector as it grapples with growing crop volumes and an unprecedented lack of pickers for this year’s crop.

Early warning system welcomed

A biosecurity intelligence team within government will be a good idea if it can provide earlier warning of biosecurity risks, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.

Kiwi tamarillo dressing wins

New Zealand tamarillos have featured at a prestigious New York food awards, being judged best new product in the salad dressing category.

Legendary herb offers forest options

With more than 2000 years of Chinese use as a tonic and medicine ginseng is a herb familiar to the world’s fastest-growing consumer market, one increasingly seeking traditional therapies and tonics for a growing list of modern ailments.

Scientists unravel the ancient herb

Massey University researchers are now well down the path to better understanding what it is in ginseng that bestows health-giving properties on it.

Seeka buys Turners and Growers assets

T and G Global will sell its Kerikeri-based kiwifruit orchards, packhouse facilities and assets to Seeka, New Zealand’s biggest kiwifruit grower, in a deal worth about $40 million.

Seeka exits Zespri investment

Seeka chief executive Michael Franks describes the move to exit from Zespri share ownership as a more efficient use of shareholders’ funds, enabling the company to lower debt and continue to expand its post-harvest operations.

Samurai to slay stink bug

Industry and government agencies are planning a pre-emptive strike on the brown marmorated stink bug.