New Zealand apple and pear growers in Hawke's Bay have no choice but to send their exports through Napier Port. There are simply not enough trucks or drivers available to export the apples via any other port, and even if there were, the cost of doing so is prohibitive.
The global demand for avocados is driving a crime wave in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty, where orchards line the state highway heavy with fruit, and are largely unprotected. Avocados will be sold on the black market for a dollar apiece and thieves can easily pick thousands of dollars’ worth of fruit in one night. As demand has soared, gangs with links to organised crime in the
A new 12 hectares cherry orchard, being set up by the company 45 South out of Cromwell, is seen by some as a vote of confidence in the future of Central Otago’s cherry industry. 45 South owns or manages at least 150 hectares of cherry orchards in the Cromwell area, producing 30-40% of New Zealand’s export cherries.
Several years of trial shipments and rigorous testing procedures led to the first commercial shipments in early October and growers like Peter Marshall from the fertile Bay of Plenty region. He says that China "represents a massive opportunity for avocado growers and exporters in New Zealand."
Attracting and keeping the best people working in our primary industries is one of the most significant challenges for the sector, Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor said as he announced the finalists in the first Primary Industries Good Employer Awards.
This is the first of a two-part series putting Fonterra’s China Farms under scrutiny written by Keith Woodford. In this first part, the focus is on the origins of how Fonterra managed to entrap itself in its loss-making China Farms project.