In his Comment column published in the Dominion Post for February 28, 2011, Tom Pullar-Strecker asserted that 'The mainland (= South Island for our non-NZ audience) is the powerhouse of our export economy.'
At first this seemed a bit far-fetched and I puzzled over how I would prove or disprove his statement. Subsequently I was reading the February issue of NZ Manufacturer p.10 and came across these outstanding statistics for Mid-Canterbury which supplies:
- 50% of world requirements for radish seeds
- 35% of world requirements for white clover seeds
- 33% of world requirements for carrot seeds
- approx 30% of world requirements for bok choi seeds
- 1/4 of all NZ feed grains
- 60% of the seeds for growing pasture - underpinning a NZD$9 bn export industry