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WHO IS NZCGI?

New Zealand Citrus Growers Inc (NZCGI) is the national citrus growers’ organisation. It operates to promote citrus grower interests, and the sustainable growth and profitability of the NZ citrus industry. NZCGI acts as a forum for the exchange of information and the discussion of issues that are relevant to the industry and seeks to improve the future of NZ citrus growers.

NZCGI is an Incorporated Society registered under the Companies Act 1993 (registered 28 October 1994, number 608079) and represents the interests of around 330 citrus growers throughout NZ. NZCGI also works with Horticulture NZ on broader industry issues.

This page provides is a brief overview some of NZCGI's roles and activities. The organisation consists of the umbrella NZCGI executive with three product groups

These are:

  • mandarins
  • lemons, limes and grapefruit
  • oranges and tangelos

The product groups focus on issues relevant to their sector and members. Specific and generic issues are discussed and forwarded to NZCGI where necessary. Each product group is financially independent and fund projects that will produce the most benefit to its members. These projects may be undertaken independently of, or in conjunction with, other product groups.

Product groups are run by experienced and committed sector representatives who are focused on making the industry work. Each major sector and growing region, as well as growers and marketers, are represented in the product groups. Every three years, NZCGI member growers elect product group representatives, and each product group’s chairperson serves as an member of the Executive Committee. A Research Committee, made up of specialists with experience in the NZ citrus industry, advises the Product Groups and Executive on technical issues.

The following are some examples of what NZCGI is involved in for the betterment of the citrus industry.

Research & Development

Technical innovation and research is one of NZCGI’s key focus areas. The organisation is instrumental in funding cost-effective and relevant R&D within the citrus industry including new pest control options, sustainable orchard practices (such as integrated pest management), and market monitoring. Growers have the opportunity to influence the direction of research through conference discussions and directly approaching the research committee and executive members.

 

NZCGI manages research and distributes the results, along with international and national developments, via conferences, field days, in the quarterly newsletter Citrus News, the organisation's website (www.citrus.co.nz), and Horticulture NZ's magazine The Orchardist.

Government liaison

Another major facet of NZCGI activities is liaising with government and other agencies (such as EPA, MPI and MFAT) on a wide variety of issues that affect the industry.  Some of these issues are addressed in conjunction with HortNZ and other industry groups for increased effectiveness. While these issues may seem a long way from the orchard, they can ultimately have an impact on growers.  Examples of this include bringing down barriers to export markets and the ongoing effort to keep NZ free of fruit fly and other biosecurity threats.

Management of Clark Fletcher Bursary

The Clark Fletcher Memorial Citrus Bursary is an annual award of up to $5,000 per annum that is granted to either a tertiary student who has a specific interest in the citrus industry, or an applicant who is involved in research that is likely to contribute to the NZ citrus industry. 

Funding mechanisms

All commercial citrus growers are legally obliged to pay levies and are automatically deemed to be members of NZCGI (and do not pay an annual subscription).

NZCGI is funded through both annual subscriptions and levies. Under the commodity levy, an annual subscription is paid by non-growers who have an interest in the industry (e.g. orchard supply companies, packhouses, and scientists) The membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March.   

Levies fund the work which each product group undertakes either by itself or in conjunction with other product groups.  Product group levies are calculated on a per kilo basis at the first point of sale and go directly to the relevant product group to fund research and development, administration, promotion and other issues relevant to the group.