The arable industry is a small, but vital part of New Zealand’s primary industries.  Traditionally, the arable industry focused on production of cereal crops (wheat, barley and maize) and rye grass seed, but in recent years to optimise profitability and productivity, the industry has diversified to include production of other cereal grain crops, specialist small seed and vegetable crops, forage brassicas, and seed for multiplication.  New Zealand’s weed, pest and disease free status means that arable farmers are world leaders in seed production for multiplication onto the international market.  Growers of cereal grains supply 25 per cent of wheat used to produce New Zealand bread, all beer made in New Zealand is produced using domestically produced malting barley.  Growers also produce a significant amount of feed which goes into the livestock industry and also produce all the pasture grasses used by this sector. According to the BERL report, the arable industry contributed $737m to GDP in 2015.

The views of members of the Arable Industry Group are represented by the Industry Group Council (consisting of Arable Chairpersons from most Federated Farmers provinces), an elected Executive and Chairperson.  Federated Farmers Arable focuses on developing sensible policy to influence local, regional and central Government, wider industry and community groups.  Activities of recent years include:

  • Biosecurity including velvetleaf, pea weevil and blackgrass responses, and submitting on draft Import Health Standards of interest
  • Ensuring that the fire permitting for crop residue burning is fit for purpose and meets the needs of all parties involved
  • Seed certification
  • Review of the Plant Variety Rights Act
  • Arable Industry Promotion.

To contact a member of the Executive, Council or Industry Group Policy Advisor please click here.

Arable Industry Group News

We want your feedback on He Waka Eke Noa

Posted on 22/12/2021
Federated Farmers has recently finished a round of targeted consultation with our elected representatives up and down the country, and a webinar on the Draft Proposals for the He Waka Eke Noa pricing mechanism.

Herbage Seed Levy rates 2022

Posted on 21/12/2021
The Herbage Seedgrowers Subsection of Federated Farmers collects a levy on Non-Proprietary and Uncertified Seeds (the Commons).

Rural Security Tips + Tricks Series CAMERAS

Posted on 7/12/2021
The most popular request for this series was on options for security cameras and where to start.

Arable Industry Policy Work

Thank you for your response!

Posted on 27/10/2021
We would like to thank all of you for your contribution to the Federated Farmers glyphosate survey for the EPA's call for information on glyphosate use.

FFNZ response to EPA’s call for information on glyphosate: summary for website

Posted on 26/10/2021
In early 2021, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) called for information from users, suppliers and producers of glyphosate products on how this agrichemical was being used in New Zealand.


Newsletter to Participants in Certified Seed Production

Posted on 23/11/2021
Welcome to the first newsletter from the New Zealand Seeds Authority (NZSA).

Arable Reports

Arable Reports from the 2020 AGM

Posted on 4/08/2020


Red Clover Moth

Posted on 18/08/2020
The red clover Case Bearer moth has recently been found in Auckland and Canterbury - for more information see this factsheet

Domestic Feeds, Information, and Traceability

Posted on 18/08/2020
All farmers are required to complete a domestic feed declaration form if they are selling locally grown crops into the dairy industry

Crop Residue Burning Help Factsheet

Posted on 20/02/2019
Federated Farmers and Fire and Emergency New Zealand have developed a step by step guide to explain the application process...

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