Find Agriculture expertise in New Zealand


Agriculture, together with forestry and fisheries, contributes 5.4% of New Zealand’s GDP (2010).The agricultural sector employs 7% of New Zealand’s population and accounts for 43.6% of land use. Despite its small population of around 4.5 million people, New Zealand is the world’s largest exporter of dairy products and sheep meat. Dairy farms can be found throughout the country but certain areas such as Waikato and Taranaki are particularly well known. The principal livestock commodity is sheep, providing the country’s main exports of lamb and mutton. Crops grown for export and domestic consumption include wheat, barley, potatoes and pulses. Other agricultural exports include wool, beef and various fruits and vegetables. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is the principal adviser on New Zealand’s agricultural policy.

Agriculture organisations in New Zealand
AgResearch Limited
Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust
AgriQuality New Zealand Ltd
Crop and Food Research