More ungloomy export news

NZ Herald have another instalment in their Gloombuster series – Fruit exports surge.

Demand for premium kiwifruit, apples and avocados helps counter weakness in dairy and forest products.

Data out from Statistics NZ showed the value of fruit exports reached an all time high of $2 billion in the year to June, up almost 20 per cent from a year earlier. Wine was another strong performer, up 7.3 per cent to $1.4 billion in the June year.

The performance of fruit and wine wasn’t enough to offset downturns in other parts of the primary sector – dairy exports were down by 24 per cent to $12 billion and log exports were down 11.3 per cent at $3.56 billion – but the data showed the downturn was not universal.

Both higher prices and a greater quantity of fruit exports – up 9 per cent – contributed to the overall rise, Statistics NZ said.

Kiwifruit and apples led the monthly increases, with exports in May 2015 being the highest value recorded for both kiwifruit ($280 million) and apples ($157 million).

Statistics NZ said kiwifruit was responsible for 59 per cent of fruit exports, followed by apples (28 per cent), and avocados (5.7 per cent).

Agriculture, horticulture and viticulture markets all wax and wane.

Agricultural analysts are bullish about kiwifruit as the sector continues to recover from the devastation caused by the Psa virus since its outbreak in 2010.

ANZ, in an analysis of the sector, said New Zealand kiwifruit sector typified many aspects of true “value-add” leading the way in producing and selling a premium offering.

While dairy trade is significant there is far more to the New Zealand economy than milk.

The apple sector is going from strength to strength with new plantings, by area, increasing by 5 per cent a year. NZX-listed Scales Corp – the country’s largest grower, packer and marketer of apples – said its export grade apple volumes were about 13 per cent ahead of prospectus forecasts.

The higher percentage of both premium apples and percentage of sales to Asia and “near” markets is expected to result in a higher average price per carton than prospectus forecast, said managing director Andy Borland.

Both higher volumes and higher prices.

The Opposition in particular and the media generally put a lot of focus om narrow negatives. It’s good the see the Herald lookig at the wider export economy.

What’s in the milk?

Is there something in the milk? Or are politicians and journalists drinking too much of something else?

Why is the price of milk being given so much attention? Prices of many things are going up. Why just focus on milk?

At $2.90 per 2 litres that’s 29 cents per 200ml glass. Even 40 or 50 cents isn’t a lot compared to many other things of comparable nutrition. Compare the price of 2 litres of milk to one meat pie, or one hamburger and it doesn’t seem that bad.

Should we have a parliamentary select committee inquiry into the price of apples? They seem a lot more expensive than they were last year. Most supermarket apples are $3.50-3.99 per kilo, you can get them much cheaper from Farmer’s Markets.

  • Is this the price we pay for getting our apples into the Australian market?
  • Is this because supermarkets are inflating prices so if Labour takes GST off apples they end up getting the price the got last year?
  • Do new varieties of apples cost much more to pick?
  • Does putting a sticker onto each apple cost that much?

Is this a right wing, communist or a fast food corporation plot to price healthy foods out reach of the poor?

What about the price of broad beans?