Monthly Archives: May 2016

Higher fruit exports boost April trade surplus for NZ

The country has posted a trade surplus for April as the fall in dairy prices was offset by a boost in fruit and timber exports. Official figures show exports exceeded imports by $292 million last month. Exports rose 4 percent to $4.3b, led by fruit such as golden kiwifruit and apples, and higher prices for… Read more »

More nectarines from Australia to head to ​China

CHINESE consumers are closer to wiping more Australian nectarine juice from their chins after the introduction of new import protocols by both countries. But a substantial amount of work needs to be done before that scenario materialises. From January 1, 2017, Australian nectarines will face a reduced tariff of 4 per cent in China, down… Read more »

Increasing NZ onion profitability

LandWISE 2016 kicked off in Havelock North on Wednesday 25 May, and the first day of the event saw the unveiling of ground-breaking Hawke’s Bay onion research, which aims to boost New Zealand onion production. About 150 were at the presentation by sustainable land and water management consultant Dan Bloomer, based at the Centre for… Read more »

Fruit exports compensate for dairy value drop

Fruit exports helped peg back declines in the value of dairy exports for April and delivered a trade surplus of $292 million for the month, the fourth consecutive monthly surplus. The annual trade deficit drew back from $3.8billion in March to $3.7billion for April, data from Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) showed yesterday. Both exports and… Read more »

Low commodity prices, poor offtake depress farm exports

Exports of a wide range of farm products such as rice, wheat, guargum, vegetables, dairy items and sesame seeds fell sharply in 2015-16 as agriculture shipments declined by a whopping 19.56 per cent to $24.24 billion compared to a 15.57 per cent overall decrease in goods exports. Worried about the decline in farm income, policy… Read more »

Australian growers to learn practicalities of vegetable exporting

Australian vegetable growers will be provided with a practical overview of the export process at the Practicalities for Exporting Vegetables Symposium, to be held at RACV Royal Pines resort on the Gold Coast on Sunday 26 June 2016. The speaker program for the symposium will include experts from across the export supply chain, representatives from… Read more »

AU: ”If fruit, veg were cheaper, more people would eat them”

Columnist Kylie Lang writes that if fruit and vegetables were cheaper and truly fresh, more people would eat them. However, as it stands, groceries are high priced, while fast-food chains offer meal deals that are quick, easy and affordable. A new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals a diet low in… Read more »

Fruit and vegetable growers urged to value-add to crack Asian market

An Asian market consultant has told fruit and vegetable growers to prioritise value-adding their produce if they want to tap into the opportunities for export. Noel Shield from Asia Project Management has 20 years experience dealing with retailers in Asia. At an agricultural export and logistics forum in Bundaberg, he told growers accessing foreign markets… Read more »

AU could increase fruit, veg exports to Indonesia

Presently, wheat is the big-ticket item in Australia’s exports to Indonesia, accounting for $A1.4bn of the total $A7bn. While it is likely that wheat will be a mainstay of agricultural exports well into the future, there are more food market opportunities for other Australian supplies, such as fruit and vegetables. More beef, more dairy, more… Read more »

Agriculture exports fell 10% in 2015-16

This is mainly because of decline in shipments of major exportable items such as rice, buffalo meat and guargum in 2015-16. However, for a second year in a row, exports of buffalo meat exceeded that of Basmati rice. India’s agricultural and processed food exports fell by close to 20% in the last fiscal compared with… Read more »