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New Zealand is the best place in the world to grow apples and pears. We are ranked first for international competitiveness and are on target to become a $1billion export industry by 2022.

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Kiwifruit is by far New Zealand’s largest fresh horticultural export, with sales of NZ fruit in 2018/19 of NZ$2.6 billion. In 2018/19 some 2,800 growers sold 149 million trays of kiwifruit to over 50 markets. The industry is experiencing strong growth which is expected to continue over the coming years.

80% of production is in the Bay of Plenty and the rest spans from the top of the North Island to the top of the South Island.

The industry’s growth will require increasing numbers of seasonal workers as well as industry specialists in scientific, commercial and technical roles. The scope for a high-value career in horticulture has never been so high.

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The New Zealand avocado industry is vibrant and growing, with a vision and strategy in place to quadruple sales to $280m and triple productivity by 2023.

There is a surge in orchard plantings in New Zealand as a result of the recent returns achieved. There are 3,800 hectares in production with an expected 1,000 hectares likely to begin producing in the next two to five years. The industry is confident there is market demand across the export and New Zealand market provided we continue to produce high quality avocados that meet consumer needs.

Industry stakeholders will be investing into people with skills in horticulture, technology, communications and global trade to deliver upon their growth objectives and deliver premium avocados from New Zealand to the world.

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The New Zealand onion industry is export orientated with 85% of all New Zealand onions exported to 45 markets around the world. The industry offers many exciting roles both indoors and outdoors. It is an industry that is focussed on utilising skilled professionals to do more with capital resources.

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Vegetables New Zealand Incorporated represents the interests of growers of all fresh vegetable crops (other than potatoes, onions, tomatoes, asparagus, and buttercup squash).

It represents approximately 760 growers who produce over 50 crops with a farm gate value of over $400 million per annum.

It is the largest of the vegetable product groups, and with such a wide range of crops, it has the task of ensuring that the interests of all its member growers are represented.

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