Agribusiness

New Zealand has a global reputation for agribusiness and high quality food production systems. 

Uniquely, New Zealand is a highly successful developed country that relies on the trade of agricultural products to support economic growth. New Zealand’s agriculture sector operates without subsidies and relies on highly efficient small farms to drive agricultural output. Efficiency gains now enable New Zealand to feed a global population the equivalent of some 70 million people. This leading reputation for agri-business enables New Zealand to partner with countries looking for innovative systems and technology to meet the increasing demands for safe and secure supplies of food. 

40 million people consumer New Zealand food - Source: Agribusiness Agenda, KPMG, 2017

Leading with technology

By 2050, global agricultural production will need to increase by 70 percent to feed a population that will grow from seven billion to nine billion. New Zealand is emerging as a leading provider of agricultural technology solutions, including for countries that increasingly need to feed growing populations, and we are actively looking for opportunities to share our expertise. New Zealand’s geographic isolation has forced farmers to innovate in order to maximise agricultural and horticultural output. This has occurred through world leading science, efficient management and innovative marketing strategies.  

Healthy and efficient food production

Over a century of excellence in food production, agriculture and exporting has provided the base for New Zealand’s highly competitive and efficient primary production systems. New Zealand’s expertise in pasture-based production has made it the world leader in efficient and low cost conversion of pasture to protein, and the systems that surround it — from food safety to processing and logistics.  New Zealand’s pastoral farming system enjoys significantly lower capital and operating costs than other farm systems, and there are considerable opportunities to modify and adapt this to other climates and geographic locations. 
New Zealand’s expertise in the horticulture sector is similarly world-leading.  By a considerably margin, New Zealand continues to be the most efficient producer of many stone and pipfruit varieties, and a leading exponent of post-harvest handling and exporting. 

Adaptable farming

New Zealand farming and agri-business systems have been adapted for a range of countries and climates including Brazil, China, the South Pacific and Saudi Arabia. New Zealand agri-business solutions, from herd improvement, software, pasture mapping and management, to farm automation equipment, can easily be integrated on-farm to maximise productivity and profitability. Recent services provided to international customers have included veterinary training, meat-processing regulation, the development of an innovative measurement tool for sap flow in trees, regeneration of a pipfruit sector and the introduction of improved animal genetics.

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In the foothills of the Himalyas, New Zealand scientists are working with smallholder orchardists to boost apple production and quality. 

Case Study: Improving small orchardists production in Northern India