Vegetables New Zealand

Stalks, vines,
bulbs & herb crops

This Crop Advisory Group covers a variety of vegetable and herb production.

Crops include: Artichokes, celeriac, celery, courgette, gherkins, marrows, melons, pumpkins, chokos, fennel, parsley, herbs, rhubarb, squash, and sweetcorn.

Annual sweetcorn production in New Zealand averages about 82,000 tonnes from a crop area of around 4,600 hectares. There are approximately 150 growers. In recent years the volume of sweetcorn grown for freezing and the fresh market has increased mainly due to the introduction of the super-sweet varieties. Major production areas are Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, and Canterbury. Industry growth in recent years has been a result of the increased demand for organically produced sweetcorn for export. Crops are grown on contract for the processing companies. Exports of fresh sweetcorn were valued at $200,000 in 2013. 

Issues

The celery virus Potyvirus Apium virus Y (also known as Apium Virus Y, or ApVY) has been identified in a sample from a commercial celery crop in Wanganui, but the virus may have been present in New Zealand for some time without being detected.

Celery Mosaic virus (CeMV) has been reported in New Zealand in the past but this is the first confirmed report of ApVY in New Zealand. Both CeMV and ApVY are present in Australia, so this find is not expected to threaten exports to this market.

Aphids are believed to be the most significant cause of both CeMV and ApVY spread.

Statistics (2013)

Stalks / Vines / Bulbs / Herbs Overview

 

Sweetcorn

Squash

Pumpkin

Number of Growers 150 41 98

Area planted

5,800 hectares 6,300 hectares 1,048 hectares
Production 82,000 tonnes 91,500 tonnes 38,000 tonnes
Exports $200,000 $51 million -

Source: Statistics New Zealand

Mike Parker (Director / VNZI Board Vice Chair)
Parkers Gardens
47 Duncan Road RD 3
Hamilton 3283
Phone: 07 827 6519
Fax: 07 823 0358
Mobile: 021 960 078
e: parkerm@far.org.nz

John Everest
FJ & SJ Everest
C/- Mt Pleasant Farm 356 North Rakaia Road RD 3
Leeston 7683
Phone: 03 324 2841
Fax: 03 324 2841
Mobile: 027 376 7363
e: js.mtpleasant@xtra.co.nz

Bob Francis
Francis Bros
152 Mahana Road RD 1
Waimauku 0881
Phone: 09 411 9129
Fax: 09 411 7791
Mobile: 027 541 8129
e: francisbro@xtra.co.nz

Pravin Hari
RC Hari & Sons Ltd
105 Middleton Road
Pukekohe 2120
Phone: 09 238 8714
Mobile: 021 277 4634
e: pravythegoalie@gmail.com

Frank Hickmott
Hickmott Brothers
Riwaka-Kaiteriteri Road RD 2
Motueka 7197
Phone: 03 528 6682
Mobile: 021 0260 0115
e:

Peter Kleven
P & K Kleven Ltd
91 Massey Road RD 3
Cambridge 3495
Phone: 07 827 8613
Fax: 07 827 8633
Mobile: 027 8834 720
e: mckleven91@gmail.com

Janette Rea & Pam Maurice
Scarborough Fare
198 Bothwell Park Road RD 2
Waiku 2682
Phone: 09 235 2884
Fax: 09 235 2260
Mobile: 027 286 2314
e: madeinheaven@xtra.co.nz

Andrew Yung
160 Settlement Road
RD 2
Otaki
Phone: 06 364 3256
Fax: 06 364 3249
Mobile: 021 570 597
e: awyung@xtra.co.nz