13 Sep 2010

Horticulture NZ acts to address income drop

8:46 am on 13 September 2010

The national horticulture industry body has taken the first step towards addressing the effects of a drop in income of up to $700,000 a year.

Horticulture New Zealand's chief executive, Peter Silcock, says income will be down by 25% because of a loss of grants from the Fruitgrowers Charitable Trust and a decision by fruitgrowers not to approve an increase in their levy to the organisation.

He says the board has asked staff to look at all areas of activity and recommend what can be cut and where efficiencies can be made.

Mr Silcock says Horticulture New Zealand is looking for feedback from growers on the income issue.