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NZ horticulture booms as kiwifruit beats wine in exports


Kiwifruit exports have overtaken wine for the first time, helping lift export returns to $5.1 billion for the year to the end of June 2016.

Produce from the New Zealand horticulture industry is worth $8.7b a year, a new record high.

Kiwifruit's share of export value is $1.67b, compared to wine at $1.55b. Next largest was apples at $690 million, followed by onions ($112m) and avocados ($82m).

Other stand out exports included peas ($84m), potatoes ($83m), cherries ($68m), berryfruit ($46m) and beans ($43m). Flowers, plants, and seeds together were worth $155m in exports.

Honey production during the year reached 19,885 tonnes for an export value of $314m, with Australia and China the largest markets.

More at nzfarmer.co.nz.

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