New Zealand’s primary sector exports continue to surpass expectations, with revenue forecast to grow 7.1% on the previous financial year.
The Ministry for Primary Industries’ Situation and Outlook report for June 2019 forecasts primary industry revenue to reach $45.7 billion for the year to June 2019, slightly above the March 2019 forecast.
The report was released today by the Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor at the National Fieldays, Hamilton. O’Connor says this is the second straight year of substantial export growth, with significant gains across most primary industry products: “Export performance is up nearly $7.5 billion over the last two years. That’s incredibly impressive considering the weakening global economic environment and a rising sense of uncertainty in global markets.”
Sustained demand from China and South East Asia is supporting prices for dairy exports. Horticulture and pasture-based production excelled in most areas, with red meat weights and milk production both high, and kiwifruit production up 25% on the 2018 harvest.
Growers are anticipating good demand for New Zealand apples from UK and continental Europe, as well as China, following the market success of new varieties, says O’Connor. Over the next year, a focus on higher value products, combined with ongoing favourable exchange rates, is expected to support export revenue growth.