Zealand’s agricultural industry contributes some 12% to the nation’s GDP. It’s
the largest sector of the country’s trading economy, accounting for the
majority of exports and more than 6% of employment.
for its green pastures, livestock farming – predominantly sheep and dairy – is the
country’s largest sector. This pasture
based farming is supplemented with some 400,000 ha of feed crops comprising of
brassicas, beets and maize silage that play an essential rotational role.
over 5% of the nation’s agricultural land is devoted to arable production, yet
it’s seen as a cornerstone industry producing grain for both foodstuffs and
animal feed. Production of cereal grains
including wheat, barley, oats and maize totals over one million tonnes each
year. This home-produced alternative to
imports makes New Zealand virtually self-sufficient in cereal grains.
horticulture sector is also a significant contributor with apples, Kiwifruit
and wine production exporting nearly $5b and growing.
Crops at Risk From Slug Damage
Potatoes and other vegetables
Fodder crops (brassicas and beets)
Native Snail Species
New Zealand has an
estimated 1400 native species of slugs and snails but all of the economically
important pest slugs are introduced species.
Deroceras reticulatum (grey field slug)
Deroceras panormitanum (brown field slug)
Milax gagates (black keeled slug)
Arion hortensis (garden slug)
Axcela® in New Zealand
NZ (formerly Zelam)