Fresh potatoes are represented by Potatoes New Zealand.
Over 20% of carrots produced are exported fresh, valued at $8 million in 2013.
Kumara production is mainly concentrated in the alluvial plains of the Northern Wairoa River (Northland) where approximately 90% of product for the New Zealand fresh and processing industry is grown. Five major packhouses now wash and grade product to a uniform industry standard. Around 17,500 tonnes are produced, which is worth around $25 million on the domestic market.
The industry continues to seek access to varieties with higher yield, better quality and lower mutation rates. Kumara is harvested in February and stored, and the longer it is held, the sweeter it becomes. This vegetable is not related to the potato.
Violet Root Rot
This project, funded by MAF Sustainable Farming Fund and Vegetables New Zealand, will improve knowledge and develop control measures for the disease causing fungus Violet Root Rot (VRR). Violet Root Rot is a major problem of the vegetable industry in the Ohakune district. Previous attempts to control VRR have been unsuccessful, and growers have no proven tools to combat the disease.
A series of field trials will be established in commercial crops to identify the most effective fumigants, application rates, frequency, and timing. Trial sites will also serve as demonstration blocks for district growers.
Grower's rotation practices (e.g. potatoes, pasture, or fallow) will be reviewed to see if there are any consistent patterns that could assist in developing an integrated disease management strategy. Click here to view the project summary document, or click here to download the final report.
Kumara SARP SFF 07 040 Final Report 2008
This report was funded by Vegetables New Zealand to investigate the pest problem, agrichemical usage and pest management alternatives for the kumara industry across New Zealand. The information in this report will assist the kumara industry with its agrichemical selection and usage into the future. Go to Research Reports - Members to download the report.
Roots & Tubers Overview
|Number of Growers||40||45|
|Area planted||2,600 hectares||1,500 hectares|
|Production||78,000 tonnes||17,500 tonnes|
Source: Statistics New Zealand
AJ & KL de Bruin
PO Box 148
Phone: 09 439 6714
Fax: 09 439 4283
Mobile: 027 272 4239
Hira Bhana & Co Ltd
71 Tuakau Road
Phone: 09 238 7242
Fax: 09 238 7248
Mobile: 0274 959 766
GM and SM Deadman
2391 State Highway 49 RD 1
Phone: 06 385 8761
Mobile: 021 736 340
207 Baylys Coast Road RD 7
Phone: 09 439 0185 (DDI)
Fax: 09 439 0185 (home)
Mobile: 025 532 017