Manuka honey is one of our most valuable export industries. This week it was granted protection under trademark but faces supply issues.

In 2010 under the Primary Growth Partnership, Manuka honey received government investment to trial Manuka plantations to ‘farm’ honey.

Rural Exchange speaks to Stephen Lee about the progress of the Primary Growth Partnership as well as this week’s announcement to trademark the word ‘Manuka honey’. Click here to listen to the interview

Mr Lee says New Zealand’s honey export was worth $54 million dollars ten year’s ago.

“In 2016 it had grown to $295 million dollars

“Much of this is driven by the demand and prices that overseas are prepared to pay for Manuka honey,” he told Rural Exchange.