Research & Development
Technical innovation and research is one of NZCGI's key focus areas. The organisation is instrumental in funding cost-effective and relevant research and development within the citrus industry including variety improvement, sustainable orchard practices (such as integrated pest management), and fruit handling and post harvest procedures. Growers have the opportunity to influence the direction of research through conference and field day discussions and directly approaching the executive members.
NZCGI manages this research and distributes the results, along with international and national developments, via conferences, field days, its quarterly newsletter Citrus News, and The Orchardist magazine. For further information on NZCGI’s Research and Development work, click here.
Another major facet of NZCGI activities is lobbying and liaising with government and other agencies (such as MPI) on a wide variety of issues that affect the industry. Some of these issues are addressed in conjunction with Horticulture New Zealand and other industry groups for increased effectiveness. While these issues may seem a long way from the orchard, they can ultimately have a huge impact on growers. Examples of this include bringing down barriers to export markets, the ongoing effort to keep New Zealand free of fruit fly, and other biosecurity issues.