[25 October/Otago Daily Times]

The latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries report, prepared by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), showed New Zealand primary industry exports reached $38.1 billion in the year ended June 2017. This was an increase of 2.4 percent over the previous year, and $7 million higher than previously estimated. Federated Farmers vice-president Andrew Hoggard encouraged the incoming government to initiate policies which reflected the value of our primary sector to the wider economy. MPI forecast primary industries exports to rise 9.3 percent in the year ending June 2018 to $41.6billion, and again 1.8 percent in the year ending June 2019 to $42.4 billion.