Plant and Food Research’s Dr Ben van Hooijdonk (L) and Dr Stuart Tustin have been working on an MBIE funded research programme called Future Orchard Planting Systems or FOPS.

A new innovative apple orchard design has seen a doubling of yield, an improvement in fruit quality, promising environmental benefits and ease of fruit picking as well.

 
Horticulture NZ’s Mike Chapman says government delays have caused RSE workers and their employers unnecessary anxiety and cost.

Horticulture NZ says it welcomed increased Government support and flexibility for the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers who are still in New Zealand waiting for repatriation back to the Pacific.

 
Massey University’s Peter Kemp.

Now is the time for you to set yourself up for a career in horticulture, explains Peter Kemp, Head of the Institute of Agriculture and Environment at Massey University.

Third-generation grower Daniel Lovett, of Lovett Family Farms, near Ashburton. The Lovett farm alone produces more than 10% of the 550 million potatoes processed at McCain’s Timaru plant each year.

The inability to bring in experienced overseas workers is one of the big difficulties for the potato industry as it heads into the next growing season amid COVID-19.

Mike Chapman.

Horticulture NZ is pleading with the Government to allow independent fruit and vegetable retailers to remain open as the wider Auckland region undergoes another COVID lockdown.

The horticulture industry has come out of the Covid-19 lockdown more resilient and with better people management skills.

Horticulture New Zealand says the findings of the survey confirm that the sector will help drive New Zealand’s post-Covid recovery.

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