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Dairy farms make way for avocados

Kiwi dairy farms are being converted to avocado orchards

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robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
1 14 Jul 2017

Dairy farms are being converted to avocado orchards in the Auckland and Northland regions as the industry gears up for major expansion.

Avocados achieved new records for volume and value in the 2016-17 season, and investors keen to capitalise on the trend for avocados are planning large scale plantings.

It was an exciting time to be growing avocados, NZ Avocado chairman Ashby Whitehead, said.

"Demand for new trees has resulted in a near trebling of production at nurseries, large commercial investors in Northland are converting dairy farms to avocado orchards and smaller orchards are maximising the productivity of their orchards."

(Trees not cows - it really is all about money)