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20 May 2021

All the challenges and opportunities facing growers and others in the horticulture industry will be to the fore at the Horticulture Conference 2021: Resilience and Recovery. 

‘Growing, distributing and selling fruit and vegetables – locally and overseas – is challenging, especially in today’s business environment, and this is what the conference is about,’ says HortNZ Chief Executive, Mike Chapman. 

‘Labour shortages, climate adaption, the weather, Covid, freshwater, biosecurity and farm plans are all issues growers are having to deal with. 

‘While the Horticulture Conference 2021 will focus on the challenges, it will also take a close look at the opportunities and ways to increase wellbeing. 

‘Over the past decade, the New Zealand horticulture industry has grown by 64%.  Keeping up the drive and innovation behind that expansion will be needed to ensure that the industry continues to prosper by leveraging all opportunities for growth.’ 

Conference highlights include:

  • Climate change, from international (Lord Deben) and New Zealand (Rod Carr and Hilton Collier) perspectives
  • Where future workers are going to come from
  • How women are boosting the industry’s resilience and recovery
  • What’s happening with freshwater
  • What really goes on in Parliament and the Beehive.  Hear also from Ministers Damien O’Connor, David Parker and Jan Tinetti 
  • Practical ways to increase wellbeing. 

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