NEW ZEALAND: Gisborne grows its first banana plantation

Gisborne is home to the Tairāwhiti’s first commercial banana plantation, a joint venture between Tai Pukenga Ltd and AgResearch, with the aim to expand banana farms right across the East Coast.   New Zealanders eat more bananas per person than almost anywhere else in the world and now Gisborne has a slice of the banana […]

NEW ZEALAND: ‘Record returns’ for avocado growers

Avocado growers have seen “record returns” this season, with an estimated NZD 150 (USD 101.5) million in sales for 2017-2018.     The New Zealand Avocado Growers Association said the industry’s draft result for the season of NZD 150m (USD 101.5m) in sales was comprised of NZD 105m (USD 71) from export markets and NSD […]

VIETNAM: New Zealand’s import of rambutan a welcome boost to exporters

Rambutan is the third Vietnamese fruit after mango and dragon fruit to be exported to New Zealand. Việt Nam is also the first country to be licensed to export fresh rambutan to New Zealand. Entry to a demanding market such as New Zealand will provide Việt Nam the opportunity to tap other strict markets in […]

VIETNAM: Rambutan exports to New Zealand will start soon

Vietnam has been given the green light to start exporting rambutans to New Zealand.       New Zealand’s ambassador Wendy Matthews made the announcement at a ceremony held by her embassy and Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Hanoi on Tuesday.   Rambutan will become the third fruit Vietnam exports to New […]

NEW ZEALAND: High avocado prices predicted to drop with big crop

A return to more affordable avocados has been forecast for next season after avocados hit a record end-of-season price of $4 per fruit in some Tauranga supermarkets.   The 2017-18 season was influenced by avocado trees producing very poor crops in many Bay orchards, with Te Puke grower Ron Bailey saying his production fell to […]

NEW ZEALAND: Late summer wet has tropical fruit thriving

It may have been a flop for broccoli and cabbages but the hot wet end to summer has Kiwi-grown tropical fruit flourishing.   The summer season was a flop for leafy green vegetable growers across the country, with many crops rotting, causing prices to spike.     But bananas and watermelons have soaked up the […]

SAMOA: Banana exports breakthrough

Samoa can officially begin exporting fresh banana and plantains to New Zealand again.   The breakthrough comes under a new export plan the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries have agreed upon.     The good news for banana farmers come after a long hiatus since Samoa stopped exporting […]

NEW ZEALAND: Tropical Fruit Growers NZ membership soars

Tropical Fruit Growers of New Zealand membership has soared since a Northern Advocate report in March last year publicised the potential for profit in growing bananas, pineapples and other tropical plants in Northland and other warmer parts of New Zealand.   Back then, the group had about 20 members experimenting with growing tropical fruit commercially. […]

NEW ZEALAND: NZ avocados to find its way to China

Avocado growers who have surrounded their orchards with deer fencing and installed night vision security cameras will be smiling when the China avocado market opens up next year.     The Ministry of Primary Industries advises New Zealand is a significant step closer to supplying fresh avocados to Chinese consumers and opening up access to […]

NEW ZEALAND: Avocados to be added to list of exported fruits to China

New Zealand is a step closer towards supplying fresh avocados to China and opening up access to an untapped market for Kiwi growers.   The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Avocado announced yesterday after a series of discussions and signing of protocol to agree export requirements, negotiations had successfully wrapped up. “Securing […]

NEW ZEALAND: World avocado prices double after reduced harvests

If you’re a lover of guacamole, chocolate avocado shakes or smashed avocado on toast, get ready to pay more for your fix of the green fruit.   Avocado prices have risen to a record due to surging global demand and reduced harvests from major producers Mexico, Peru and California.   A 10-kilogram box of Hass […]