[15 June/ NZ Herald]
Growth in dairy products, forestry and horticultural exports are expected to increase New Zealand’s primary sector exports in the June 2017 year by 2.4 percent, up from the 1.4 percent growth three months earlier. The latest edition of the Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries said dairy exports are expected to increase 10.2 percent to $14.6 billion in the 12 months ending June 30 due to prices for whole milk powder and strong international demand. The edition also noted an expected 6.4 percent rise in forestry exports to $5.5 billion due to increased harvesting and global prices, as well as a 5.9 percent gain in horticulture exports to $5.3 billion led by apples, wine and kiwifruit. This will increase total primary sector exports in the current year to $38.1 billion from $37.2 billion a year earlier.