Importance of healthy plants celebrated in International Year of Plant Health

Healthy plants’ contribution to New Zealand’s wellbeing and economic sustainability has been highlighted at the launch of the International Year of Plant Health at Parliament.

Healthy plants are the backbone of New Zealand’s wellbeing and make a significant contribution to the economy, said Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive Mike Chapman.

Horticulture, including viticulture, contributed about $9 billion to the New Zealand economy last year.

Mr Chapman said:

“Fruit and vegetables are essential for healthy people.  However, as many as one in five adults and one in six children in OECD countries are obese* at the same time that one in five children under five are malnourished. Continue reading