There’s been a drop in the value of New Zealand seed exports. Stats NZ have released figures showing a 9% decline in exports in 2022, compared to the previous year. New Zealand seeds are exported to over 70 countries and the top five export markets by value were the Netherlands, Australia, USA, China and Germany. Together, they account for around 60% of total export sales. Pasture seeds including ryegrass and clover seed, vegetable seeds namely carrot, radish and beet seed and cereal & oil seeds were our top export categories, earning $115million, $92million and $15 million respectively. More than 80% of NZs seed production is in the Canterbury region centered in and around the Ashburton district. New Zealand Grain & Seed Trade Association General manager, Thomas Chin says global customers select New Zealand because of high integrity and a very good certification system which he says delivers a quality, consistent and unique product buyers trust.
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