Agriculture has played and will continue to play an important role in the New Zealand economy. New Zealand earns $30 billion a year from its primary industries, which make up over 70% of New Zealand’s merchandise export earnings (Ministry for Primary Industries 2013). The primary sector as a whole had a 3.3% annual compound growth rate during the period 1984 to 2007, while forestry was at 1.6% and the wider economy at just 1.0% (Morris 2013). Further, productivity of the primary industries has increased 2.5 times from 1978 to 2009, almost twice as much as the wider domestic economy (Ministry for Primary Industries 2013)...
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 74, Napier, 164-165, 2014
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