Wednesday, 15 April 2020 10:20

Eye-watering export deal for NZ onions

Written by  Staff Reporters
The clarification of new import rules follows months of negotiations. The clarification of new import rules follows months of negotiations.

Onion growers are celebrating being able to export to Indonesia again after clarification of its new import rules.

Onions NZ chief executive, James Kuperus, says this follows months of negotiations over the exports which returned $28 million in 2019.

Kuperus says with the support of key figures such as Director General Horticulture, Indonesia, Prihasto Setyanto and the Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand, Tantowi Yahya, the regulations have been clarified and exports have resumed.’

With the $28m in exports to Indonesia in 2019 in total, our country’s onion exports rose to $172 million in 2019 – up by $83 million on 2018.

Trade between Indonesia and New Zealand is equal, with exports/imports worth $1.1 billion to each economy.

Apatu Farms joint managing director, Paul Apatu says Onions NZ has been very proactive, working directly with Indonesian government officials, and various links in the Indonesian supply chain.

“The strategy is to grow the Indonesian market, along with other markets across the world. We’re pretty confident that long-term, international demand for New Zealand onions will grow,” says Apatu.

“We were pretty nervous that there might be some international supply chain disruptions as a result of COVID-19, but reports are that things are currently going pretty well.

“On a global basis, demand for onions is high and we’ve seen export markets making decisions to secure supplies, long-term.

“Onion growers are doing a great job giving the world a really high quality, healthy and great tasting product.”

New Zealand’s horticulture industry is now worth more than $6 billion to the country’s economy.

More like this

Beef and lamb exports looking good

Farmers affected by the drought and COVID-19 can take some heart from the latest forecast for sheep and beef exports for the 2019/20 season.

Italian innovation helps Zespri

Italian kiwifruit packhouses' experience in dealing with COVID-19 has helped New Zealand to fast-track innovation in its own packhouses to deal with stringent new safety regulations.


Get ready for the ‘now’ norm

Get prepared for a ‘Now Normal’ future, says Ian Proudfoot – Global Head of Agribusiness for KPMG – discussing the likely effects of COVID-19 in the months to come.


Northland farmers count the costs

Northland farmers are starting to count the cost of one of the most severe droughts to hit the region as the cost of feed and lower prices for stock are the order of the day.

Times will get better for deer sector

While the deer industry faces several challenges in the short term, there will be a strong rebound in New Zealand venison sales once global demand recovers.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Dirty water

The Hound understands that Federated Farmers has been cut out of the information loop, for the past year, on the…

Who’s paying?

Your canine crusader noticed a full-page ad recently run in a farming paper calling on meat companies SFF and Alliance…

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter