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Manuka honey is one of our most valuable export industries. This week it was granted protection under trademark but faces supply issues. In 2010 under the Primary Growth Partnership, Manuka honey received government investment to trial Manuka plantations to ‘farm’ honey. Rural Exchange speaks to Stephen Lee about the progress of the Primary Growth Partnership Read more…

Farmers urged to order high performing mānuka seedlings

Farmers are being urged to order high performance mānuka seedlings by the end of September or risk missing the optimum planting period for 2018 Recently the Associate Minister for Primary Industries Louise Upston announced 101 applicants had been successful in getting funding support via the Ministry for Primary Industries’ 2017 Afforestation Grant Scheme funding round. Read more…

Strong sales of high performance Mānuka seedlings expected

High performance mānuka seedlings are in high demand with close to two million seedlings expected to be sold for planting in 2018. Mānuka Farming NZ has increased production of its high performance mānuka seedlings by over 500 percent in just three years. In the 2015 all 305,000 seedlings were sold for planting in winter 2016; one million seedlings in 2016 to Read more…

High Performance Manuka Plantations trial site at Tutira

The High performance Manuka plantation trial site at Tutira recently screened on TV1’s Rural Delivery programme. The story is about how Manuka plantations are being used for erosion control as well as the production of medical grade honey. Hill country landowners are being encouraged to retire marginal hill country and use high performing mānuka cultivars Read more…

Beehive numbers soar as keepers chase lucrative manuka honey profits

Bees are starving in some areas as beekeepers keen to cash in on the lucrative manuka honey industry are overcrowding  the bush with hives. Beehive numbers have soared in the last 10 years. In 2005 there were only 294,886 registered hives. Just in the last eight months, total registered hive numbers have jumped to 650,000 from Read more…

High performance mānuka creates new revenue stream for hill country farmers

Hill country landowners need to act now to get their hands on high performance mānuka seedlings that could see them reaping the benefits of what is expected to be a $1.2 billion industry by 2028. Mānuka Research Partnership Limited (MRPL), has its sights on increasing the supply of highly sought after medical-grade mānuka honey to Read more…

Be part of a fast growing industry

Do you want to be a part of the fast growing mānuka honey industry? Have you got erosion prone land to retire? You need to act now for 2017 planting! Site specific planning and preparation is essential.
MFNZ provides expertise and services to assist landowners establish plantation mānuka and commence apiary production. Talk to us at Read more…

Spotlight on Manuka honey production's sweet side

Article published in Taranaki Daily News Sticky sweet liquid gold production benefits will be the top-billing subject at Hawera’s upcoming Manuka honey symposium. International demand for Manuka honey has seen New Zealand honey exports grow to more than $242 million per annum but those in the industry believe the potential has only just begun to Read more…

Liquid Gold set to lure farmers

Article published in The Profit – A Hawke’s Bay business magazine Hawke’s Bay hill country farmers are being asked to consider planting high UMF Mānuka on marginal land, creating for many a much needed alternate revenue stream as well as protecting their farmland and water catchments. New Zealand Mānuka honey is in high demand throughout Read more…