Research and Development
Process Vegetables NZ and the Vegetable Research and Innovation (VR&I) Board
Process Vegetables NZ Research & Development levy rate is 42 cents per $100 of the grower sales value. This levy is invested in to two research sectors on behalf of process vegetable growers:
- PVNZ Research & Development to increase yields of processing crops and improve management of pests, viruses and diseases;
- Vegetable Research & Innovation Board - PVNZ is a co-funder of the VR&I Board.
The Vegetable Research & Innovation (VR&I) Board was established in 2006 to coordinate projects that encompass a number of crops managed by different vegetable Product Groups including Vegetables NZ Inc, Tomatoes NZ, Onions New Zealand Inc and NZ Buttercup Squash Council. The VR&I Board is Chaired by David Hadfield who also represents Process Vegetables NZ and the Vegetable Research & Innovation Coordinator is Dr Sally Anderson of Market Access Solutionz.
To access the Vegetable Research & Innovation website click here.
The VR&I Board has delegated responsibility from contributing product groups to:
- Grow the focus on strategic R&I across the vegetable product groups;
- Recommend an R&I strategy, and from this an investment portfolio across the vegetable product groups;
- Coordinate the operation of this collective portfolio with key research providers;
- Develop and coordinate proposals with key investment agencies to grow strategic investment into vegetable R&I;
- Communicate vegetable industry R&I strategies and outcomes to key industry stakeholders;
- Manage the vegetable R&I portfolio for the achievement of outcomes desired by growers;
- Coordinate with other related portfolios, especially those product groups within Horticulture NZ and the wider horticulture industry.
The VR&I Board does not make decisions on investment in individual projects by the vegetable product groups. Product groups retain the right to make their own funding decisions via their own Research & Development Committees, however the goal is to develop a more strategic approach to this investment by incorporating the advice from the VR&I Board.