The potato industry of New Zealand remains a billion-dollar-plus industry despite a year of crises. The total value of the NZ potato industry now sits at $1.16 billion, which amounts to a growth rate of 58 per cent since targets were set in 2013.
Chris Claridge, CEO of Potatoes New Zealand says the result shows ‘the immense value of our processing sector’: “Fifty-five per cent of our locally grown potatoes produce fries and another 12 per cent produce crisps. A strong domestic market for NZ processed potatoes underpins our industry and maintains our growers’ resilience.”
Sunlive.co.nz reports that, according to Claridge, the findings in the MBIE Final Report into European Dumping are very disappointing for growers and the Potatoes NZ board. MBIE found the confirmed dumping of imported potato fries into the NZ market as not of material threat to the local industry, which Chris says signals to New Zealand importers and EU exporters that the Government is leaving the gate open.