31 Aug 2010

Organics sector 'no longer a niche market'

12:58 pm on 31 August 2010

An international organics leader says the New Zealand Government needs to acknowledge organically produced food is no longer a niche market.

The International Organic Agriculture Movement says the number of organic producers in New Zealand has increased by a third in the past few year and production has doubled to almost $500 million per year.

President Katherine DiMatteo says the Government needs to have policies that recognise the contribution of organics to the economy.

Despite the global recession, she says consumers worldwide are demanding more organic food and New Zealand producers need more Government support to meet the demand.

Ms DeMatteo says organic food production is worth more than $50 billion internationally per year.