OANZ is to receive $1.04 million over three years to continue its promotion and support of New Zealand's organic sector (July 08).
The assistance recognizes that certified organic production has an integral role to play in the future of New Zealand's primary sector said OANZ chair Derek Broadmore.
OANZ received seed funding from the Government when it was launched in 2006 and this has been used by the various organic groups to work together; to support research, education and trade; and to represent New Zealand's organic sector internationally.
Progress towards billion dollar organic goal
"The funding announced today will allow OANZ to continue leading an emerging sector towards its goal of growing New Zealand organics to a billion-dollar value.
Mr Broadmore welcomed the acknowledgement at Government level of the innovation and creativity in the organic sector, as well as its potential contribution to economic development.
Organics has great potential for contributing to economic development by delivering high value products alongside beneficial environmental impacts, he said.
Making OANZ sustainable
"Our best organic producers operate leading-edge systems which deliver environmental and economic sustainability. With this financial help from Government, OANZ is aspiring to reach the same level of permanence."
Rising input prices, environmental concerns, and farmers looking to create the high-value food which is being demanded by international markets were among the factors generating a groundswell of interest in organics, he said.
Through our Organic Advisory Programme, OANZ will continue to provide information, advice and encouragement to producers thinking of switching to certified organics.