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New Zealand: Gold kiwifruit canopy area overtakes green area

Stats NZ has published final figures, showing that the canopy area of gold kiwifruit overtakes green. The total canopy area of gold kiwifruit has now surpassed that of the green variety. The total canopy area of gold kiwifruit increased to 7,800 hectares at June 2020, compared with 7,500 hectares for green.

“The shift to gold kiwifruit being the predominant variety is also reflected in the export values. In the year ended June 2020, total exports of gold kiwifruit were more than $1.6 billion – well above total exports for green kiwifruit, which were about $900 million. Total exports from all horticultural crops in the same period were $4.2 billion,” agricultural production statistics manager Ana Krpo said.

“Market demand has remained strong and supported a steady increase in kiwifruit canopy area more generally.”

The total canopy area of kiwifruit increased to 15,500 hectares at June 2020, up four percent or 600 hectares from the previous year.

The area of avocados continues to grow
There were more than 4,900 hectares of avocado orchards in 2020, an increase of eight percent or 350 hectares from the previous year. Avocado growing happens mainly in Northland and the Bay of Plenty. For the year ended June 2020, the total value of avocado exports was $112 million, with Australia being the main export destination.

For more information:
Ana Krpo
Stats NZ
Tel.: +64 027 224 8703

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