(Published on 10th April 2017)
NZ Landcare Trust played a supportive role in the production of the new Mānuka & Kānuka Plantation Guide. The new resources aims to provide important information to assist farmers and landowners who are planning to get involved with honey production and would like to create plantations of Mānuka or Kānuka.
New Zealand’s honey industry is one of the fastest growing primary sectors driven by global demand for mānuka honey. While all honey has medicinal qualities, mānuka honey contains an additional compound, methylglyoxal, that affords greater antibacterial action. Methylglyoxal is unique to honey produced from nectar gathered from the Leptospermum genus of plants that includes mānuka.
A similar story is emerging for kānuka honey and its anti-inflammatory properties. For example in May 2016 the British Medical Journal published findings of a kānuka honey trial for the treatment of roseacea, a chronic skin condition occurring in up to 10% of the adult population. The trial found medical-grade kānuka honey to be an effective and well tolerated treatment where as current antibiotic treatments are only partially effective.
The demand for high performing nectar sites is high and is fuelling the development of plantations. The creation of new plantations offers more than just financial returns if adopted as part of a well considered and diverse farming system. The benefits can include erosion control, carbon storage and water quality improvement. Despite growing interest landholders have until now lacked access to impartial, quality information to assist decision making. The Mānuka & Kānuka Plantation Guide fills this niche for North Island locations providing useful information from establishment through to extraction.
The new guide is available to download below:
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