The Riddet Institute released a report last week saying New Zealand’s agri-food sector should be aiming to increase exports to over $60 billion per annum by 2025.

That means an increase of about 7% per annum each year from the current $24 billion in annual exports.  We urgently need more innovation in the primary sector.

The Primary Growth Partnership is the most ambitious primary sector research and innovation programme ever seen in New Zealand.

In less than three years the Primary Growth Partnership has pledged a staggering $590-million dollars towards cutting-edge primary sector research and innovation covering everything from forestry, meat, dairy and wool to seafood and manuka honey.

This Government is committed to working with our industries to grow New Zealand’s export earnings through more value-added products developed through market-led research programmes.