A wealth
of knowledge
and experience

AgFirst has a wealth of knowledge and experience in project management. With the range of skills and coverage throughout the majority of the country we are well situated to take on projects of any size and locality. We have also been involved in cross-sector projects. Below is a list of some of the projects that AgFirst have been involved in at both a national, regional and office level.

Rapid Establishment of New Varieties in Apple Orchards

To maximise the ability of NZ growers to change to more profitable new apple varieties and reduce the timeframe between planting and the point of profitable production.

Focus Vineyard Project

A technology transfer project for the viticulture industry

Focus Orchard Project

A technology transfer project for the pipfruit industry.

Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Climate Change Project

This is a 3 year project looking at climate change in relation to the Hawke’s Bay wine industry, from technology transfer, through to mitigation options, and business opportunities.

Blueprinting Tree Form in Royal Gala and Jazz

The aim of this project was to blueprint tree form in Royal Gala and Jazz to ensure the sustainable production of premium sized export quality fruit by NZ growers.

Bitter Pit Prediction in Apples

To provide an accurate identification of ‘high risk’ blocks of fruit in relation to bitter pit/blotch quality issues.

Pipfruit NZ National Crop Estimate

The crop estimate is compiled using data collected nationwide from growers and industry in conjunction with undertaking counts and measurements on a range of orchards, and using our consultants’ knowledge and experience to accurately estimate the export volume of pipfruit produced at the end of the season by variety and region.

MAF Pipfruit Farm Monitoring

To provide information on the production and financial status of pipfruit growers, as well as trends and issues within the industry. Description of Project Our consultants visit a panel of growers each year to collect their financial and production data, which, in conjunction with MAF, is collated into an industry model for the ‘Hawke’s Bay Pipfruit Orchard’. As well as reporting actual data, a forecast is made for the year ahead, and a commentary report published to identify trends and issues affecting the sector.