New Zealand’s organic sector is now a $720 million industry and growing steadily, with domestic and global demand for organics boosting the sector’s value by 20 per cent in the three years to 2020. Organics Aotearoa New Zealand says the industry is now worth an estimated $723 million, up from $600m in 2006. Organics chief executive Viv Williams says the organic sector reflects New Zealand as a nation. She says it ranges from the organic operations of corporate leaders like Fonterra and Zespri to community initiatives to promote local food security, as well as mental wellness. Organic dairy products make up the largest part of the sector, with exports worth $153.8m, up 55 per cent from 2017. Demand for organic wine is also growing, up 40 per cent on 2017 to $64m last year, while the organic fruit and vegetables are worth $143m. MPI has granted Organics Aotearoa $212,500 to develop a three-year organic sector strategy.
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