The New Zealand Institute of Economic Development today released a ground-breaking report, showing that New Zealand’s economy would lose up to $11.4 billion without crop protection products – and that crops would lose 30 percent of their value.
The report covers forestry, pasture, horticulture, field crops and vegetable production.
Agcarm chief executive, Mark Ross, says the report highlights the importance of the crop protection industry to New Zealand’s economy.
“Not only does the industry have an important part to play in supporting the economy, it is also vital for producing safe food and protecting our environment,” says Ross.
Crop protection products have a far-reaching impact on our land-based sectors. “Without these products, horticulture, for example, would lose 75% of the value of its crops. A severely reduced kiwifruit production would have resulted from the 2010 PSA outbreak too,” adds Ross.
From managing damaging pests and diseases, through to research and disposal, the industry is committed to the responsible use of crop protection products, including ensuring that any waste plastic containers are recycled and repurposed through the Agrecovery programme.
Our industry focuses on stewardship and ensuring that there continues to be a variety of new products to offer pest control solutions for growers and farmers. Agrichemicals that are more environmentally-friendly, more effective and more targeted allow farmers to better control target pests, while protecting human health and allowing beneficial flora and fauna to prosper.
Click here to access the report