[16 October/NZ Herald]

According to Government forecasts, horticulture was expected to be New Zealand’s fastest growing primary export sector over the next year. The Ministry for Primary Industries said horticulture exports were forecast to increase by 13.1 percent in the year ending June 2019. Kiwifruit export revenue was expected to increase 23 percent due to a large harvest alongside rising kiwifruit prices. Apple and pear export volumes were expected to reach the 20 million carton milestone. Overall, primary export revenues were forecast to increase by 2.5 percent. Dairy export revenue was expected to increase 2.1 percent over the previous year. Meat and wool export revenues were forecast to fall 1.3 percent, and forestry export revenues were thought to hold at a similar level. MPI said growth would increasingly come from getting more value from existing sector assets and development of higher value products.