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NZ organic pastoral sector growing in value – new results

NZ organic pastoral sector growing in value – new research results

There has been a big increase (33%) in the value of organic dairy production in New Zealand in the past three years, and a smaller 11% increase in the value of organic sheep and beef production. This information and more on the growth in organics are contained in the latest research report on the organic sector - Organic Market Report 2012 - to be launched in Wellington on March 6.*

“These are very encouraging results,” says Glenn Mead, chair of the Organic Dairy and Pastoral Group. “Despite the world-wide recession, the demand for organic products continues to grow, and New Zealand is well-placed to deliver more high quality foods from sustainably-managed grasslands.”

“Nevertheless, the organic pastoral sector is facing challenges in marketing meat products overseas, and in supporting organic dairy farmers. These are discussed in the research report.”

Mr Mead will be in Wellington on March 6 to attend the launch and to co-host an in-store 'meet the pastoral producers and sample their wares' event from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield St, Wellington.

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