New Zealand, Australia, News January 2023, Studies/Reports, Trade/Markets/Prices

Despite challenges, spuds remain a billion-dollar business in New Zealand

Data from 2021 presented in the Potatoes New Zealand (PNZ) annual report shows minimal impact on production despite a rough couple of years, as Sudesh Kissun reports for Rural News.

The overall value of the industry including the domestic and export markets dropped slightly to $1.095 billion. The domestic market dropped slightly from $1,054,857 to $993,447 in value.

However, growers believe their industry remains under pressure despite the pandemic disruption abating. Potato growers across the country say they have continued to navigate regional plan changes, restrictive government policies, ongoing pest challenges, weather events and rising costs of production.

Despite all of this, growers have continued to deliver to markets the best NZ potatoes and produce the best NZ potato products, the report says.

Source: Rural Newsgroup. Full story here
Photo: Credit Potatoes New Zealand

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