New-Zealand


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AGRICULTURE

 

Agriculture represents 60% of the export receipts in New Zealand. New Zealand farms are among the most productive in the world. Because of the wet and moderate climate of the country, pastures are very important. There are 53 million sheeps in New Zealand ! Recently, agriculture has been diversifying, for example, the breeding of deers or vine growing. Farm products processing represents the most important part of the industry.


Agricultural population (in thousands)

Total population

3 904

Agricultural population

325

Non agricultural population

3 579

Source : 2004, FAOSTAT


Land use

Cultivated surface area

17 235 000

Irrigated surface area

285 000

Number of farms

n.c.

Number of tractors

76 000

Source : 2003, FAOSTAT


Production indicators

Main crops

Product Production (in thousands) Harvested surface (1000 ha) Yield by hectare (kg/ha)
Apples 516 11 46995
Potatoes 500 11 45317
Barley 400 50 8001
Kiwi fruit 318 12 26434
Wheat 277 39 7102

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT

Livestock


Specie Headcount (in thousands)
Sheep 39928
Chickens 20000
Cattle 9609
Pigs 341
Beehives 325

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT


Fishing (in metric tons)



Shellfish, mollusks and cephalopods Saltwater fish Freshwater fish
196 193 435 032 312

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT