Taratahi takes agri courses to Auckland

Taratahi takes agri courses to Auckland

[9 September/ Rural News Group] The Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre is offering a 13 week Level 3 ‘Certificate in General Farm Skills’ programme in Auckland through the Unitec campus. Taratahi CEO, Donovan Wearing said that New Zealand requires an additional 1,100 farm workers each year to address the skills shortage...
Feds RMA backtrack criticised by EDS

Feds RMA backtrack criticised by EDS

[11 September/ Forest Owners Association] The Environmental Defence Society said that the Election Manifesto released by the Federated Farmers contains an extremely disappointing and self-serving policy wish list. The Environmental Defence Society chairman, Gary Taylor said that it was very disappointing to see the Federation advocating RMA reform to give...
Feds want $600m to spend on science

Feds want $600m to spend on science

[12 September/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Federated Farmers president, William Rolleston said that New Zealand needed further investment in order to develop technology, crops, feed and animals. In order to meet the goal of becoming a primary superpower, Dr Rolleston called on the new Government to increase its investment in science...
Fonterra milk price review finished

Fonterra milk price review finished

[16 September/ Radio New Zealand Rural] The Commerce Commission has completed its annual review of the Fonterra Co-operative Group’s milk price payout to farmers, with the Commission highlighting the most significant issue as Fonterra’s decision to pay farmers a price for the 2013-14 season that is less than the price...
NZ exports to EU may face stricter pesticide standards

NZ exports to EU may face stricter pesticide standards

[12 September/ Otago Daily Times] If the European Union proceeds with the regulation of common crop protection products containing endocrine disrupting properties, New Zealand fruit and vegetable exports to Europe could feel an impact by as much as $600 million, according to a report commissioned by the American industry association...
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

Farmers treated ‘worse than criminals’

[10 September/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Waikato Federated Farmers president, Chris Lewis, commenting on a warning issued by the Hamilton District Court stating that farmers should expect tougher penalties for continuing effluent offences, saying that courts appear to be treating dairy effluent breaches more harshly than some serious criminal offences.

Kiwis should not fear China – advisor

[12 September/ Business Day) Investment and advisory firm owner and New Zealander living in China, David Mahon said that New Zealanders should not be concerned with the sale of assets such as Lochinvar Station to Asian investors. He said that Chinese investors had been singled out, whereas there is a much wider debate about foreign...

Food prices rise on more expensive fruit and veges

[12 September/ NZ Herald] According to Statistics New Zealand, the food price index increased 0.3 percent in August, paring a 0.7 percent decline in June. Fruit and vegetable prices increased 5.1 percent from July to August headed by a 46 percent rise in the price of tomatoes, a 30 percent increase in the price of...

Acupuncture trumps forestry at varsity

[16 September/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The Federated Farmers highlighted that acupuncture, music, sport and recreation rate above primary industry science among university students. The forestry industry ($4 billion worth of export) had 14 graduates, the wine industry ($1.3 billion worth of export) had six graduates, while there were 24 graduates in acupuncture and 322...

Labour pledges return of rural minister

[16 September/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Labour Party primary industries spokesperson, Damien O’Connor said that it would appoint a rural affairs minister if it was to form the next Government. He also said that the Labour Party would establish a primary industry council and appoint a chief agricultural adviser. He said that it would also...

Editorial: Greens’ ideas on dairying hold plenty of good water

[15 September/ NZ Herald] The Green Party is seeking cleaner rivers and streams, while the National Party has accepted the need for action against farm run-off with its announcement that it would require cattle to be fenced off from streams by July 2017, as well as stating that it would spend $100 million over 10...

No need for capital gains tax – experts

[12 September/ NZ Farmers Weekly] The Labour Party election policy promotes a capital gains tax on property sale, including farmland but excluding the family home. The policy would mean that the main farm home and surrounding land used for domestic purposes will be exempt from the tax, whereas the land used for the farming business...

Peak body for Scottish farmers questions what impact Thursday’s referendum results may have on trade and supply networks

[16 September/ABC Rural] Scottish National Farmers Union president, Nigel Miller said that while the separation from the Union may bring new trade opportunities, it may impact the ability of Scottish farmers to sell their products to the UK. Mr Miller highlighted that Scottish meat has at times had an 80 pence per kilogram premium over...

Beijing splashes $3bn on Aussie agriculture

[16 September/ The Australian] The Chinese state owned Beijing Agricultural Investment Fund has committed AUD 3 billion on Australian dairy, beef, lamb and aquaculture assets, establishing the Beijing Australia Agricultural Resource Co-operative Development Fund in a joint venture with Yuhu Agriculture Investment. The Federal Trade Minister, Andrew Robb said that the fund was particularly interested...

$91m plant puts meat on AACo’s new bones

[13 September/ The Australian] AACo’s director, David Crombie discussed the Group’s new AUD 91 million greenfield Darwin beef processing plant, which is capable of processing over 1,000 cattle per day. The new site will allow AAco to have more control and potentially a greater share of profits of the integrated beef supply chain. It will...

Cargill sues Syngenta over seed dispute

[September 12/ The Financial Times] One of the largest agricultural product and food suppliers, Cargill is suing Syngenta in a US state court over a biotech seed which it is claiming has almost destroyed the corn trade with China. Late in 2013, China started to reject US corn imports on the basis that it could...

Farming groups welcome appointment

[11 September/ Irish Times] Farming organisations and sector Leaders have welcomed the appointment of Phil Hogan as the European Union commissioner for agriculture and rural affairs. Minister for Agriculture and Fine Gael colleague, Simon Coveney said that the Government has prioritised agriculture and food as a major driver for the Irish economy, and Mr Hogan’s...

Olam offloads dairy unit

[11 September/ National Business Review] Singapore’s Olam International divested its dairy processing unit in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa for USD 18.7 million to the Dutch company, Royal Friesland Campina, with the terms of the sale allowing Friesland to use Olam International’s trademark, Pearl for its sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk products in certain African...

Pork industry demands Japan drop agriculture import tariffs

[10 September/ Globe and Mail] Pork producers in Canada and other leading countries are threatening to remove their support from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal unless tariffs are completely removed on virtually all agricultural products. Groups including the Canadian Pork Council and associations representing US, Australian, Chilean and Mexican pork producers highlighted that Japan’s protectionist...

Vets at forefront of swede sickness

[15 September/ Rural News Group] New Zealand Veterinary Association’s Mark Bryan said that after Southland veterinary practices noticed unusual signs of liver disease in cows that were grazing on swede crops, the Association has collected a large number of samples from over 40 farms and are now helping Dairy NZ address the issue. Dr Bryan...

Ebola a boost for NZ salmon

[12 September/ Business Day] China banned all imports of whole Norwegian salmon on September 10, based on concerns around the presence of infectious salmon anaemia, which a Chinese news website headlined as having a link to Ebola. The disease so far does not affect New Zealand’s king salmon or chinook salmon. The Norwegian Seafood Council...

Irrigation conference for Oamaru

[14 September/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Irrigation New Zealand announced that its 2016 conference will be held in Oamaru, with the organisation stating the irrigation heartland being in Canterbury and North Otago as the main reason for the decision. The North Otago bid for the conference was put together by the Waitaki Irrigators Collective, Tourism...

Wool deal puts sector on track for unity

[15 September/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The Primary Wool Co-operative acquired a five percent stake in Wool Equities for $50,000, making it the largest single shareholder. Primary Wool Co-operative chairman, Bay de Latour said that the move was a small start to consolidating the industry. Wool Equities is to de-list from the New Zealand Alternative...

Wool levy vote under way

[13 September/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Voting on the wool levy referendum commenced this week and is scheduled to close on October 10. The Wool Levy Group chairwoman, Sandra Faulkner said that all other agricultural products in New Zealand are represented by an industry body, yet the $700 million wool industry lacks one. They levy...

Arable farmers scan the skies

[31 August/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] New Zealand Grain and Seed Trade Association manager, Thomas Chin said that Canterbury grain growers are hoping for a productive spring after poor weather hindered autumn seeding. Mr Chin said that the weather during the coming growing season would play a significant part in determining harvest yields, with good...

T&G announce Peruvian grape joint venture

[12 September/ Rural News Group] Turners & Growers announced its joint venture with Unifrutti which aims to meet the increasing global demand for quality Peruvian table grapes, with its first harvest expected in late 2015. Turners & Growers CEO, Alastair Hulbert said that the company’s new strategy involves focusing on grapes as one of its...

Huge success for Zespri in China

[12 September/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Zespri’s marketing campaign earlier this year involving the staged water fight in Shanghai exceeded expectations with a video of the event having received over 25 million hits on Chinese social networking sites. Zespri spokeperson for China, Simon Limmer, said that being able to engage such a large number of...

Record avocado crop a challenge

[10 September/ Radio New Zealand Rural] The Avocado harvest this season is forecasted to top seven million trays, with almost five million trays expected to be exported. New Zealand’s largest grower group, AVOCO said that a record crop will test the industry and its ability to manage the fruit. AVOCO director, John Carroll noted the...

REL operating earnings jump to $6.43 million

[8 September/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Rural Equities, the corporate farming business with 25 dairy, sheep and beef, deer and cropping farms spread across the country, reported a near doubling of operating earnings to $6.4 million as a result of productivity gains and high export commodity prices. The company also reported revaluation gains on land and...