Covered crops

The Covered Crops Advisory Group represents the interests of capsicum, chilli, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, sprouted beans, witloof, and courgette growers.


Tomatoes are also a covered crop but are represented by Tomatoes NZ.

Production of export quality capsicums is specialised, capital intensive, and has a high cost structure in New Zealand. All export capsicums are produced in greenhouses.

Exports of capsicums were valued at $38 million in 2013. Japan is the largest market closely followed by Australia. Together these markets comprise 98% of all capsicum exports. 

Issues/Activities

Current export initiatives are focused on reducing reliance on the Japanese market. The industry is seeking improved access to the USA and new access into Korea and China to reduce this market dependence

Leanne Roberts (Director / VNZI Board Member)
Thymebank 2013 Ltd
Blenheim

Phone: 03 577 9496
Mobile: 027 326 8568
e: manager@thymebank.co.nz

Anthony Carter
Harbourhead Growers Ltd
Kaiapoi

Phone: 03 312 0083
Mobile: 021 034 7036
e: anthony@harbourhead.co.nz

Edward Lee
Lee Wang Hot House Ltd
PO Box 1232
Pukekohe 2340
Mobile: 022 109 0304
e: Leewang@xtra.co.nz

Rob Lindsay
Island Horticulture Ltd
Kaiapoi

Phone: 03 327 6378
Mobile: 027 220 2079
e: gm@coolcumber.co.nz

Roelf Schreuder
NZ Gourmet Ltd / Gourmet Mokai Ltd
Atiamuri

Mobile: 021 366 402
e: roelf@nzg.co.nz

John Wordsworth
Parkgard Growers 2000 Ltd
Kamo

Phone: 09 435 3017
Fax: 09 435 3019
Mobile: 027 299 5600
e: parkgard2000@gmail.com