Policy Analysis is a service we provide to a range of government, industry organisations and marketers. In Bay of Plenty we are also MAF Policy Agents providing commentary and analysis to MAF on issues affecting the horticultural industry.
We also provide one off policy reports or group facilitation services. Our consultants have run focus groups for a range of industry organisations.
MAF Policy Reports
- Kiwifruit Monitoring. New Zealand’s billion dollar kiwifruit industry is an important earner for the New Zealand economy as a whole. Understanding the profitability, or otherwise, for the 2500+ growers who underpin the industry is essential for government to understand when formulating policy affecting this sector. Under contract to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Fruition Horticulture staff have been involved in data collection and financial analysis for this model for over 20 years.
- Viticulture Monitoring. Understanding the economics of growing grapes in this $800m/year (2008 Wine Institute NZ) export industry is essential to quality policy decision making at government level. Fruition Horticulture has successfully run the MAF viticulture model since 2007.
- Other MAF policy monitoring reports include Process and Fresh Vegetables and Other Export Fruit.
- MAF Monitoring reports can be found here.
- Costs and Risks of Conversion to Organic Kiwifruit and Apple Production. A report written following workshops with organic growers detailing the costs and risks of conversion to organic production can be read here.
Other recent reports include.
- Fruit Fly Incursion. This report looked at a the effects on and costs to the New Zealand economy of a Fruit Fly incursion in any one of New Zealand’s three major fruit growing areas; Te Puke, Hawkes Bay and Nelson. The report was undertaken on behalf of Horticulture New Zealand. Read report here.
- Beekeeping and crop pollination services. This report grew out of a seminar held in May 2006 with growers, beekeepers and others to examine the risks to and capacity of bee pollination services for horticultural production in New Zealand. Facilitated by consultant Sandy Scarrow the seminar identified risks to the horticulture and apiary industries and strategies to meet those risks. Funded by Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Sustainable Farming Fund and others.
- Rural Subdivision Report for Western Bay of Plenty District Council. Sandy Scarrow and Ruth Underwood investigated the impact on productivity of rural subdivision.
- Disposal of on farm and orchard plastic waste. The initial policy development project lead to the establishment of the AgRecovery Foundation and programme to collect used agrichemical containers and silage wrap.