Onions have dom­i­nated the fresh ex­port sec­tor with an in­crease of 38% from $81 mil­lion to $112 mil­lion.

NZ Grower - - Contents -

• Ac­cess to reli­able and clean wa­ter

• Pro­tec­tion and ac­cess to our best soils

• Bet­ter mar­ket ac­cess and fur­ther break­ing down of tar­iffs

• Keep­ing the worst pests and dis­eases out of New Zealand

• En­sur­ing we can get a work­able frame­work of poli­cies and rules we can farm un­der.

A num­ber of the pas­toral in­dus­tries are strug­gling with the lack of so­cial li­cence be­cause of wa­ter qual­ity and an­i­mal wel­fare is­sues. These have been high­lighted in both main­stream and so­cial me­dia. The hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­tries need to en­sure we con­tinue to do our bit as re­spon­si­ble New Zealan­ders, em­ploy­ers and pro­duc­ers. The penal­ties for los­ing our so­cial li­cence would se­verely dent the con­tin­ued rise of hor­ti­cul­ture. Both good and bad oper­a­tors are tarred with the same ac­cu­sa­tions, as we see in the dairy in­dus­try, and the toll on them is sig­nif­i­cant. So I urge you all to con­tinue to look at how we can keep the mo­men­tum go­ing but en­sure our growth is sus­tain­able in its widest sense.

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