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What are the production costs for establishing or purchasing a citrus orchard?

Understanding production costs and forecast profits is important in any horticultural enterprise. There is a simple cost of production spreadsheet in our member portal, or we can email it to you on request. The tool helps you work out costs of production based on yield data. Other online tools you may find useful can be found here www.business.govt.nz. Including how much money you need to start a business & a 10 step guide.

Below are examples of expenses. They vary widely from grower to grower and season to season.

Expenses
Transport – fuel / vehicle
Sprays and fertiliser
Repairs and maintenance
Pruning and picking
Insurance, rates and electricity
Wages and administration

Post-harvest costs:
Crate / bin hire
Commission and marketing
Freight in and out
Packaging, labelling and cool storage
Post-harvest treatments
Levies (CNZ and HortNZ etc)

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I have an interest in the citrus industry but do not produce commercial citrus – can I be a member?
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What are CNZ compulsory levy rates?
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Where can I find more information about growing citrus in New Zealand?
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I’m thinking of buying or establishing a citrus orchard – what do I need to consider?
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Is there an export market for citrus?
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Does New Zealand import citrus?
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Is volume and price data available?
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Are there citrus consultants I can talk to?
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Where can I get advice on growing organic citrus?
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Where can I source citrus or buy citrus products such as peel or juice?
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What compliance and quality assurance programmes should citrus growers know about?
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Where can I find citrus nursery tree providers?
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Where can I get contact details of citrus growers to source direct supply?
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