4th December 2023 Horticulture
El Nino has arrived in New Zealand and its impacts, including drought, are likely to become stronger and last into 2024, according to Horticulture NZ.
A well-established Ruapehu commercial hydroponic watercress operation has been put up for sale by its retiring owners Carey and Ernie Wenn.
Horticulture New Zealand is urging Prime Minister-elect Chris Luxon to appoint a minister of Horticulture to cabinet.
New Zealand’s horticulture exports slimmed down to $4.65bn in the year to June 2023, according to a revamped Fresh Facts 2023, although kiwifruit and apples still lead the charge.
Taylor Leabourn has won the 2023 Young Grower national title.
Progressing primary sector partnerships will form part of taking the India-NZ relationship to the next level, according to Trade and Export Growth and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.
All systems are go to establish a fully operational Horticulture Technology Catalyst by 2024.
The Hawke’s Bay and Tairawhiti horticulture industries urgently need more government direction and support, says Horticulture New Zealand.
Cyclone Gabrielle has cost Hawke’s Bay horticulture an estimated $1.5bn.
The government is accused of an “impression of responsiveness” as cyclone-hit businesses struggle to recover.
The progress and resilience of NZ’s horticulture sector shined bright, writes Horticulture NZ CEO Nadine Tunley.
The sector plans to double the farmgate value of production as part of a new government and industry strategy.
Twenty-six-year-old Regan Judd has taken out the title of 2022 Young Horticulturist of the Year.
The 2023 Ahuwhenua Trophy for excellence in Māori horticulture and the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Grower awards are open for entry.
The National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land will provide protection for the country’s best land and soil so it can be used to produce food, according to HortNZ.
The government moves to secure the availability of NZ’s most favourable soils for food production.
Laura Schultz has won the 2022 Bay of Plenty’s Young Grower Competition.
Consultation on the horticulture action plan being developed by industry and government finishes this Friday 17 June.
Maatu Akonga, assistant manager at T&G Global, took out the title of 2022 Hawke’s Bay Young Fruit Grower of the Year.
Fruit and vege co-operative MG Marketing has been established a contestable fund which aims to contribute towards the general improvement, capability and profile of the horticulture industry in New Zealand.
The HortNZ board has decided to not hold a Horticulture Conference in 2022, with regional events set to replace the fixture this year.
Vegetable prices will continue to surge ahead if the government doesn’t help growers find ways to lower costs, according to Horticulture New Zealand.
A number of pop-up information sessions aiming to plug the fruit harvest labour shortage have kicked-off in Hastings.
Viticulturist Rhys Hall has been named the 2021 Young Horticulturist of the Year.
Three weeks of heavy rain has caused widespread damage to arable crops – with some farmers calling it the “worst harvest season in living memory.”
A major horticulture project is underway in northern Hawke’s Bay to lift the productivity of Maori-owned land.
The horticulture and wine grape industries have welcomed the evolution of quarantine-free travel following a trial for Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme workers from the Pacific.
The 25-year-old is an avocado grower services representative at Apata Group, based in the Bay of Plenty.
Annual trade show and conference confirmed for 7-9 June despite Victoria lockdown.
Five horticulture heavyweight’s have thrown their name in the ring for two existing vacancies on the Horticulture New Zealand board.
The Government must act now to retain remaining highly productive land for fruit and vegetables.
The Government is failing to support New Zealand’s horticulture sector as it faces a worker shortage crisis, according to the National Party.
Retired Plant & Food Research molecular geneticist Sue Gardiner has been recognised for her contribution to global horticultural science.
The vacancies came as two directors will retire by rotation this year.
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Horticulture New Zealand is calling on the Government to establish protection for highly productive land.
Growers in Northland and Waikato have also been invited to enter.
Independent auditors will be evaluating growers to ensure they are treating their staff fairly.
An assessment on the region’s land and climate has identified around 207,000 hectares which could be used.
Up to $200 a week for accommodation costs is on offer, plus a $1000 payment for some.
Growers are relieved by the government’s announcement that a cohort of Registered Seasonal Employer workers will arrive in the New Year.
Horticulture and wine growers across the country will see labour shortages ease.
She is the first woman in the position in the organisation’s 40-years.
Hawke’s Bay horticulture and viticulture sectors worked together on a plan delivered to government last week.
Bay of Plenty-based Fruition Horticulture has announced the new diploma.
Extra funding has been given to the Kerikeri Gateway Horticulture Schools Programme.
Horticulture New Zealand says it is keen to work constructively with the new Government, including minister Damien O’Conner who has been given the new trade and export growth portfolio.
It’s been added to the list for reassessment.
A new water storage reservoir in Northland could see horticulture opportunities in the region grow.
Tairāwhiti’s Wi Pere Trust is receiving a PDU loan from the latest round of Provincial Growth Funding.
A new online job service is encouraging Kiwis to take on a working holiday over the summer.
A new role has been created, and an appointment made, to help develop careers in New Zealand’s horticulture industry.
The horticulture sector will benefit from the latest Provincial Growth Fund drop.