Organic production

Hawke’s Bay free-range chickens in hot demand in China

[10 October/ New Zealand Herald] Hawke’s Bay company Bostock’s Organic Free-Range Chicken, have started supplying their product to top supermarket chains and restaurants in Hong Kong. A recent trip to Hong Kong obtained supply contracts to three of the region’s largest supermarket chains and numerous high-profile restaurants. Co-Founder Ben Bostock said the area is recognising...

Orchardist steps up organic production

 [21 September/ New Zealand Herald] Springvale Orchard and Central Organics Co-Owner Chris Denniston said growth in the organic fruit market had increased significantly and he was expanding production to meet the demand. This expansion involves almost doubling the area of fruit trees in production, from 150ha to 250ha over five years. Mr Denniston said his...

Organics milking it

 [25 May/ Dairy News] Biological Husbandry Unit (BHU) Founder, Bob Crowder said organic milk was a missed opportunity dairy farmers could not afford to ignore any longer. The organic milk price forecast was $9.20 per kilogram of milk solids, more than double the price of conventional milk. Mr Crowder said the BHU Organics Trust was...

Organic farming could help solve Kaikoura’s water quality woes

 [10 May/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] South Canterbury Clearwaters Organic Dairy Spokesman, Bryan Clearwater said organic farming could be the answer to Kaikoura’s water quality problem. Environment Canterbury’s Land and Water Regional Plan showed that the Kaikoura flats area had poor water quality, meaning farmers faced greater restrictions and were prohibited from intensifying land to...

Meeting to clarify organic rules

 [19 March/ FW Plus] Organics Aotearoa New Zealand chairman Brendan Hoare said although certified organic products had a strict approval process through BioGro and AsureQuality, the sector needs greater control around the use of the term organic. A meeting held to set the sector’s rules will comprise of officials from the Ministry for Primary Industries,...