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How big is the citrus industry in New Zealand?

Growers produce around 30,700 tonnes of citrus each year. To put this into perspective, world citrus production is 60 million tonnes. New Zealand’s contribution to global citrus production is less than 0.05%.

Gisborne is the largest citrus growing region (56% of production), followed by Northland (34%), Auckland (9%) and Bay of Plenty (1%). The most recent statistics from a grower survey are summarised below. The full survey report can be downloaded from our member portal.

 

Citrus industry in numbers

330
Growers
1,660
Hectares planted
30,692
Tonnes of citrus fruit
1+
Million trees
$55.6
Million in domestic sales
$11
Million exported

 

Citrus varieties in numbers

Mandarins

140 Growers

556 Hectares

11,079 Tonnes

513,871 Trees

$24m Domestic

$3m Export

Oranges

121 Growers

783 Hectares

11,079 Tonnes

320,841 Trees

$15m Domestic

$1m Export

Tangelos

28 Growers

22 Hectares

902 Tonnes

11,105 Trees

$1m Domestic

Lemons

75 Growers

257 Hectares

7,984 Tonnes

153,731 Trees

$13m Domestic

$7m Export

Limes

47 Growers

27 Hectares

410 Tonnes

8,956 Trees

$2m Domestic

Grapefruit

18 Growers

15 Hectares

302 Tonnes

4,247 Trees

0.6 Domestic

*1 Many growers produce more than one citrus variety.
The average yield is 18 T / ha over all varieties

 

Up to date citrus statistics are also available at Freshfacts.

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