China trade needs more than logs and milk: NZIER

China trade needs more than logs and milk: NZIER

[21 October/ NZ Herald] An analysis by NZIER for the NZ China Council says the biggest risk facing our trade growth with China is concentration into a small number of products such as logs and milk powder. Although exports to China have doubled every five years since 1990, the products...
Innovation in agriculture awards

Innovation in agriculture awards

[16 October/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Otago’s Scott Technology won the Innovation in Agriculture & Environment award at the New Zealand Innovation Awards, for its automated lamb boning room which uses x-rays to scan and cut carcasses to reduce labour. Fonterra’s research and development centre won the Innovation in Hospitality,...
Milk price lifts 1.4% but clouds remain

Milk price lifts 1.4% but clouds remain

[17 October/ Otago Daily Times] The Global Dairy Trade auction dairy trade average winning price increased 1.4 percent to USD 2,640 from two weeks ago, while auction volumes sold declined 8.0 percent to 50,816 tonnes. However, analysts are predicting prices will have to increase a further 30 percent by the...
Farmers vote against wool levy return

Farmers vote against wool levy return

[15 October/ Otago Daily Times] Wool Levy Group chairwoman, Sandra Faulkner said that preliminary results indicate that the bid to reintroduce the wool levy will not pass through, with growers having voted 43.2 to 56.8 percent against the levy while the weighted vote from larger enterprises was 40.29 to 59.71...
Hort industry slams Medical Officer

Hort industry slams Medical Officer

[17 October/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Horticulture New Zealand CEO, Peter Silcock, criticised the Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, Alistair Humphrey for discussing the ESR report on the outbreak of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis saying it was inconclusive, and Mr Humphrey was irresponsible in discussing it. The outbreak affected 127 people with...
KPMG’s Agribusiness Agenda 2014 Volume 1 – Facilitating Growth in an Uncertain World

KPMG’s Agribusiness Agenda 2014 Volume 1 – Facilitating Growth in an Uncertain World

This year we bring you a fresh new format that distils the thoughts and ideas of our nation’s agribusiness leaders from a series of roundtables across the country.
Latest entries

Guild Awards 2014

[18 October/ New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators] Radio New Zealand news reporter, Benedict Collins was awarded the top agricultural journalist award, the OPSPRI New Zealand Rongo Award by the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators, with the runner up position being taken by Terry Brosnahan. The Dairy NZ Dairy Industry...

Landcorp pushing to diversify – says Chair

[21 October/ New Zealand Herald] Landcorp Farming chairwoman, Traci Houpapa, said that the company’s decision to take full control of Focus Genetics (New Zealand’s largest red meat genetics business) is an example of its wider strategy to diversify operations. While not on the acquisition trial, Ms Houpapa, said the company is looking to enter new...

Lack of data hampers health alliance

[21 October/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Rural Health Alliance CEO, Michelle Thompson, said that it has become apparent in the past few months that the organisation is unable to get good quality data it needs to build a case for government for improved health services in rural communities. Ms Thompson noted that if you can’t...

Too many hurt on the job – Greens

[16 October/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Commenting on Statistics New Zealand’s ACC figures indicating 226 workers per thousand in the primary sector that had ACC claims accepted in 2013 for workplace injuries, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson, Denise Roche said the industry and the Government must introduce minimum safety standards to address the issue. She...

Northland tops spring farm sales

[16 October/ Rural News Group] A total of 347 farms were sold in the three months to September 2014 (a five farm increase from the same period in 2013), at a $26,000 median price per hectare for the farms sold, in comparison to the $22,851 per hectare in the same period in 2013. However the...

How to cater for smart shoppers

[20 October/ NZ Farmers Weekly] A Lincoln University Agribusiness and Economic Research Unit roadshow on the first year’s research results for India, China, Indonesia, Korea, Japan and the United Kingdom has been presenting results to leading exporters on four key aspects of food; food safety, animal welfare, environmental quality and health food. In Indonesia and...

Business and academia join forces to tackle UK food security

[21 October/ The Guardian] British non-profit organisation, the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) is experimenting with collaboration between agronomy experts and companies in the food supply chain as part of an initiative to support innovation and sustainability in the agri-food sector in the UK. NCUB’s role is to link world-leading experts in the...

Saputo lets rip at milk pricing

[18 October/ The Australian] The CEO of Canadian listed global Dairy giant, Saputo International, Lino Saputo Jr, criticised the Australian supermarket duopoly, Coles and Woolworths for selling milk at the excessively low and below cost price of AUD 1.00 per litre. He said this confirmed Saputo’s decision to focus on WCB producing value-added products for...

Asia: Governments Offer Farmers Aid

[17 October/ The Wall Street Journal Asia] Several Southeast Asian governments have begun to help farmers suffering from steep price declines in rubber, rice and palm oil, with the Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian Governments offering farmers and producers aid payouts, cheap loans and tax exemptions. Thailand National Rubber Policy Committee announced its intention to provide...

€12m in funding for farm safety plan

[16 October/ The Irish Times] The Government is to provide EUR 12 million for a farm-safety scheme to reduce the number of farm accidents by providing a 40 percent grant aid for on farm safety measures. The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney encouraged farmers to invest in making their farms safer, as well as mentioning...

Yes, we have no bananas: Brazilians lift Chiquita bid

[16 October/ The Times] The Brazilian consortium of Sutrale and Safra Groups has increased its bid for the American banana producer, Chiquita Brands from USD 13 per share to USD 14, with Chiquita saying that it will consider the revised offer of approximately USD 658 million. The groups said that their offer was superior to...

‘There’s no pink slime in our burgers’ – McDonald’s lets cameras behind the scenes for first time

[15 October/ NZ Herald] McDonalds invited external camera crew from Good Morning America into its California plant as part of its “Our Food. Your Questions” series targeted at confronting the rumours about ‘pink slime’, worm meat and other burger fillers. The chain also highlighted that it has not used pink slime (lean textured beef trimmings...

Concern mounts in China over Yangtze diversion project

[14 October/ The Financial Times] The ‘Bringing the Yangtze to help the Han River’ canal project has been opened to address a growing water shortage in southern areas of the country due to a larger project USD 60 billion project 250 kilometres to the north, which relocates water from a branch of the Han to...

Need for independent food safety agency: O’Connor

[17 October/ Rural News Group] The Labour Party Food Safety spokesperson, Damian O’Connor said that the Ministry for Primary Industries’ release of ESR’s initial reports regarding the source of the stomach bug which affected 127 people was too late, and that it should have been released as soon has it had carried out the investigation....

Anti-GE group supports call for review

[21 October/ Radio New Zealand Rural] The call from Federated Farmers for a rethink on genetic engineering in New Zealand has been echoed by GE Free New Zealand, but with the opposite outcome in mind. While Fed’s are calling for a review of the legislation preventing production of GE crops and pasture plants, GE Free...

NZ joins Pacific plan to look after soil

[16 October/ Radio New Zealand Rural] New Zealand, along with Australia, Fiji and other Pacific Island nations is now part of a United Nations Pacific Soil Partnership, targeted at protecting the planet’s soil resource. The National Land Resource Centre director, Landcare Research’s Alison Collins stressed the issues around soil literacy and the lack of awareness...

Plenty try to fill Nikora’s boots

[20 October/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Ten candidates are to compete to replace the current Ballance Agri-Nutrients Co-operative board director, Dean Nikora. The nominations for the November 25 elections are Narvey Bell (Wanganui), Sarah von Dadelszen (Wairarapa), Sandra Faulkner (Gisborne), Andy Law (Taihape), Gren Maughan (Marton), Mavis Mullins (Dannevirke), Kevin Old (Morrinsville), Michael Plowman (Owhango), Mike...

Rabobank NZ rating downgraded

[16 October/ New Zealand Herald] Standards & Poor’s said it placed Rabobank New Zealand’s rating on a negative creditwatch at AA- for the long-term and A-1+ for the short-term issuer credit rating due to the Netherland based parent company deciding not to renew its guarantee of the New Zealand operation from April 2015. Standards &...

Breeders gathering success

[20 October/ Otago Daily Times] The success of an inaugural gathering of around 100 sheep breeders is set to make the forum an annual event. The forum was hosted by Beef and Lamb New Zealand Genetics with the goal of engaging and involving breeders in the programme and help guide the future of the new...

Monaghan opts out

[16 October/ Otago Daily Times] Fonterra Co-operative Group director, John Monaghan said that he will not stand for this year’s Alliance Group supplier representative director election, mentioning his heavy workload in the second half of the year. There were several unsuccessful attempts made previously to appoint Mr Monaghan to the Alliance board. Mr Monaghan said...

Record high returns for meat

[15 October/ Rural News Group] Beef + Lamb New Zealand chief economist, Andrew Burtt said North Asia has been the largest market region for New Zealand meat exports for the second season in a row at 31 percent of total returns, while the European Union and North America remained the primary markets for lamb, and...

Bull scheme all pain but no gain

[14 October/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Silver Fern Farms CEO, Keith Cooper said that despite investing a substantial amount of funds into the bull beef value chain contracting, it could not ensure the model worked satisfactorily for all parties, with insufficient weight gained by the animals to achieve the desired prices. Mr Cooper said that the...

Timaru ‘hollow’ without dairying

[17 October/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Dairy NZ chairman, John Luxton defended the dairy industry’s performance at its annual meeting on October 16 saying it was South Canterbury’s largest employer providing 7 percent of the region’s employment. The tension between the economy and the environment was a central theme at the meeting, with public perceptions...

Danone says long wait ‘injustice’

[16 October/ New Zealand Herald] Danone Asia Pacific Holdings argued in the Court of Appeal that the potential wait for legal action over Fonterra’s WPC contamination scare in August 2013 until the completion of arbitration is unjust, particularly as it could be 2018 before the case is heard in court. Danone counsel stated that the...