As the horticultural sector goes through strong growth and is well on track to become a $10 billion industry by 2020, and with the pipfruit industry doubling in value to $1 billion by 2020 there is more and more discussion around labour, or more to the point – lack of it.
Nutrient management plans are required for farms in the dairying sector, mainly because of their greater use of nitrogen fertilisers and the influence of large animals that contribute to nitrogen leaching. While there is not the same requirement for an orchard operation to have a nutrient management plan, there are potential benefits in going through the process.
The National Horticultural Field Day at the Hawkes Bay Showgrounds was a roaring success with many local businesses and innovators on display, lively competitions and business talks to attend. Many local high schools participated in the Education Hub which involved a range of fun and learning activities organised by PipfruitNZ and designed to fuel interest in Horticulture as a career option.
Gross margin benchmarking was completed, in collaboration with the Ministry for Primary Industries and New Zealand Wine, for Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa , Marlborough and Central Otago. The gross margin calculates the revenue minus direct expenses for growing, harvesting and marketing the crop.