Manuka Bioscience through its subsidiary, Mānuka Biologicals manages six Mānuka plantations in partnership with Iwi landowners, some of whom are shareholders in Manuka Bioscience.
The plantations are cover approximately 200 ha and can produce between six and ten tons of mānuka oil annually. Some of our plantations work as joint ventures with landowners, some are supply agreements and others are forestry rights.
We have had a plant genetic development program which has been researching genetics for improved yields and plant triketone levels and these development blocks are now producing seeds for annual replanting programs.
We still harvest mānuka trees that grow wild on the hills of Māori tribal lands. This wild harvest makes up around 40% of MBS’ East Cape mānuka oil production.