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

Statistics (2013)

Covered Crops Overview

 

Capsicums

Lettuce

Number of Growers 38 30
Area planted 65 hectares 50 hectares
Production 15,000 tonnes -
Exports $38 million -

Source: Statistics New Zealand

Leanne Roberts (Director and VNZI Board Member)
Thymebank 2013 Ltd
31 Hammerichs Road, RD 2
Blenheim 7272
Phone: 03 577 9496
Mobile: 027 326 8568
e: manager@thymebank.co.nz

Anthony Carter
Carternet Holdings Ltd
1394 Main North Road, RD 1
Kaiapoi 7691
Phone: 03 312 0083
Mobile: 021 034 7036
e: anthony@harbourhead.co.nz

Lex Dillon
NZ Hothouse Ltd
PO Box 150
Drury 2247
Phone: 09 295 9020
Fax: 09 295 9010
Mobile: 021 716 748
e: lexd@nzhothouse.co.nz

Edward Lee
Lee Wang Hot House Ltd
P O Box 1232
Pukekohe 2340
Phone: 09 239 0103
Mobile: 022 109 0304
e: Leewang@xtra.co.nz

Rob Lindsay
Island Horticulture Ltd
17 Madeleys Road RD 2
Kaiapoi 7692
Phone: 03 327 6378
Mobile: 027 220 2079
e: Coolcumber38@gmail.com

John Wordsworth
Parkgard Growers 2000 Ltd
335 Three Mile Bush Rd RD 1
Kamo 0185
Phone: 09 435 3017
Fax: 09 435 3019
Mobile: 027 299 5600
e: parkgard2000@gmail.com