Dairy Aids Surge In Overseas Trade

NEW ZEALAND - Exports of dairy products have risen 23 per cent in the last year, aiding an overall increase in value of New Zealand exports.
calendar icon 10 January 2011
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Despite extraordinarily difficult farming conditions, the agricultural sector’s contribution to the export economy has surged in the latest Statistics New Zealand Overseas Merchandise Trade statistics.

“Every New Zealander is a farmer off the back of the latest Overseas Merchandise Trade statistics,” says Philip York, Federated Farmers economics and commerce spokesperson.

“Half of the top ten exports in the year to November 2010 were from the agricultural sector so its time to back us for growth.

“I say this because of our top ten merchandise exports, the agricultural sector generated 73 per cent of the value or $1.788 billion out of $2.417 billion.

“Our top five agricultural exports also generated some 49 per cent of the value for all exports. The star performers being dairy and forestry, both up 23 per cent and 24.9 per cent respectively.

“Wine too was up 8.4 per cent year-on-year while meat bucked the trend being down 5.1 per cent.

“Then again, the industry expects this season’s lamb crop to be off around 10 per cent due to drought and the Southland and South Otago storms.

“What these Overseas Merchandise Trade statistics show how agriculture is positively integral to the New Zealand economy,” Mr York concluded.

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