Newspaper Article 1979 – High land-prices ‘hit young orchardists’

High land-prices ‘hit young orchardists’

The escalation of land prices over the last few years made young orchardists’ chances of owning their own properties slim, the president of the Hawke’s Bay Fruitgrowers Association, Mr Keith Spackman, said last night.

Mr Spackman said that although there were plenty of opportunities for young people in orcharding, highly inflated land prices made chances of property ownership slim.

“They’re the backbone of our industry, but when land sells for $5000 an acre, it’s just impossible for them to own their own property.

“At those sort of prices it’s just not possible to make an economic living.

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August 1979

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