Hort NZ chief executive Nadine Tunley has stated that a lack of competition is not working for New Zealand growers. Their costs have increased but returns have not gone up for at least a decade.
"You know, we're seeing an increase in the cost of freight, domestically, the ability to heat [hot] houses etc. We're seeing a tripling in that space at the moment and other energy costs, it's pretty relentless. So in other words, those costs have gone up, we will pay more for food, but growers don't get paid anymore," she told rnz.co.nz, adding that the sector would welcome recommendations around improving transparency to see where the money went in the supply chain.
"Farmers have not seen an increase at the farm gate for 10 years but we're seeing substantial increases at the supermarket tills, then that margin erosion is going somewhere ... but we can't all be specific until we have a bit more transparency," she said.
The introduction of a mandatory Industry Code of Practice would be supported by Hort NZ.
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