Horticulture is growing rapidly and demand for workers is higher than the number of people available, says Mike Chapman, chief executive of Horticulture New Zealand.
Proposed employment law changes are a step backwards, and could destroy trust relationships between employers and employees and result in lower productivity, the horticulture industry says.
The need to protect New Zealand’s best soils for growing healthy fresh fruit and vegetables is clear in the Our land 2018 report released today, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.
Providing earlier warning of biosecurity risks by establishing a biosecurity intelligence team within government is a good idea, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.
New Zealand’s tax system is admired for being simple, efficient, and fair, and Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says adding new taxes will undermine this.
Four candidates will vie for two positions on the Horticulture New Zealand Board as elections open today, with voting closing on 28 May 2018.
Regional fuel tax legislation, as it stands, is likely to add costs to fresh fruit and vegetables for consumers.
Four of the finest young vegetable growers in New Zealand will go toe-to-toe in the Young Vegetable Grower of the Year competition in Christchurch on Friday, 18 May.
For the first time in the competition’s history, there are two winners of the Young Vegetable Grower of the Year competition: Esteban Ibanez and Gurjant Singh.
Six of Central Otago’s young fruit growers will face off in the Central Otago Young Fruit Grower of the Year competition in Cromwell on Friday, 25 May.