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