The New Zealand grain and seed industry is excited to be honoured in the Tourism New Zealand 2022 business events awards.
The New Zealand Grain and Seed Trade Association (NZGSTA) was recognised at the recent Tourism NZ business events national awards for having won the right to host the international Asian Seed Congress 2023.
Association general manager Thomas Chin said he was “absolutely delighted” to accept the award and the success was only possible with the support provided by several different parties including member companies, ChristchurchNZ, Tourism NZ and NZ Trade and Enterprise.
“A congress-organising committee has been formed and we now look forward to pulling together an exciting programme with our partners for up to 1,000 overseas delegates expected from across the Asia Pacific region,” Chin said.
He said hosting the congress will be a huge opportunity to raise NZ’s international profile, showcase the NZ seed industry and generate opportunities for new trade and investment.
Seed production spans pastoral and forage, cereals and pulses and a range of vegetable crops.
NZ is a world leader in seed production, supplying 60% of the world’s radish seed, 50% of white clover seed and 40% of global carrot seed.
“We are also producers of high-value specialist vegetable seed such as spinach, beetroot, peas, cauliflower, cabbage, chard seed and more, the majority of which are productions destined for Asia,” Chin said.
The Asia Seed Congress will be held at the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre in November 2023.