Radio New Zealand, 3/4/2014
Honey and natural health products company Comvita expects plantings of manuka to make a significant contribution to increasing the supply of the sought-after honey.
The company, which produces and markets manuka honey for medicinal as well as culinary use, has been running trials of new varieties of the tree, with the aim of establishing plantations to supplement naturally growing stands.
Chief executive Brett Hewlett says crosses of indigenous varieties and special varieties are making progress.
"We've got some 25 different planting programmes and trials around the country where we're studying the behaviour of these unique varieties…