Moves to keep TPP alive

Moves to keep TPP alive

 [22 May/ Radio NZ] Countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed to consider continuing the trade deal without the United States, as US President Donald Trump pulled out of the partnership in favour of an ‘America First’ policy and bilateral agreements. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed commitment to...
Myrtle rust infection spreads to King Country

Myrtle rust infection spreads to King Country

 [23 May/ Radio New Zealand] The new arrived Myrtle Rust fungus has now been identified at a nursery in Te Kuiti in the King Country according to the Ministry for Primary Industries.  The disease was detected after MPI traced the sale of plants from another infected nursery.  Restrictions have been...
Miraka expands with Malaysia deal

Miraka expands with Malaysia deal

[17 May/ Dairy Reporter] New Zealand’s first Maori-owned milk company, Miraka, has signed an MUO with Malaysian food distribution business Storiiu to supply their flagship product Whai Ora. Whai Ora is a range of all-natural food smoothies with a blend of fruit, vegetables, milk, honey and oats, with the milk...
Marlborough Forest Industry Association launches new fund to attract young workers

Marlborough Forest Industry Association launches new fund to attract young workers

[18 May/ Stuff] The Marlborough Forest Industry Association’s Vocational Training Assistance Fund aims to attract more young people and advance their career prospects in the industry. The forest industry is considered one of the main contributors to Marlborough’s GDP, employing up to 900 people, however, it is struggling to attract...
Record avocado sales

Record avocado sales

 [18 May/ Rural News Group] Avocado sales in the 2016-17 season reached a record $198 million. Sales increased by $64 million over the last season and were $62 million higher than the previous record in 2013-14 of $136 million. A record volume was also achieved, reaching 7.7 million trays, an...
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More trainee doctors for rural practices

[19 May/ Rural News Group] The University of Auckland wants to place more medical students in rural GP practices for longer time periods after a successful expansion of its medical student placements into regional and rural centres. The University of Auckland’s Medical Programme Leader Professor Warwick Bagg said the University is significantly expanding its infrastructure...

Seized phosphate shipment remains in limbo

 [19 May/ Radio NZ] A 54,000-tonne shipment of phosphate bound for New Zealand will likely be detained in South Africa for at least three more weeks after being seized in early May after complaints it was mined illegally in the Western Sahara. Two independence movements for Western Sahara took the case to court in Port...

Filipino dairy workers given path to residency

 [18 May/ Radio NZ] Filipino dairy workers in the South Island will become eligible for residence under a new visa, despite up to 600 Filipino dairy workers previously using false documentation exaggerating experience or qualifications to get work permits in 2015. The new South Island Contribution work visa will not hold the 2015 visa scam...

Labour and National discuss the realities for farmers

[16 May/ Stuff] Labour spokesman for Primary Industries Damien O’Connor and Minister for the Environment Nick Smith spoke at the Federated Farmers Southland annual meeting and told farmers they need to face the realities the future. Both parties focused on the future farmers faced, however, National was geared towards sustaining the country’s natural resources and...

Uber for wine and all without grapes

[22 May/ The Observer, London] Ava Winery has the potential to be as disruptive in the field of wine as Airbnb, Amazon or Uber have been in their sectors.  The San Francisco start-up has spent the last two years developing a way to recreate wines by ‘molecule by molecule’ using flavour molecules, sugars, acids and...

Prospect of NAFTA rewrite gives US farmers a case of jitters

[20 May/ NZ Herald] Many rural American’s supported Donald Trump’s presidential bid as he called to slash environmental rules but farmers are increasingly nervous about another plank of his agenda, the vow to overhaul trade policy.  Trump’s belief that NAFTA is a job killing disaster has never resonated in rural America as it widened access...

Looking to enhance the taste, Guinness uses virtual reality to flavor beer drinking experience

 [19 May/ Food Dive] Guinness has invited Tesco customers to enter a virtual reality experience featuring shapes, colours and sounds, to make Guinness Draft, West Indies Porter and Hop House 13 Lager beers taste better. Customers will be guided through a 360-degree virtual reality experience by the voice of Guinness Master Brewer Peter Simpson. The...

Innova Memphis raises USD31 million Rural American Ag Innovation Fund

 [18 May/ AgFunder] Innova Memphis, an early stage venture capital firm, has closed its latest fund which has been certified and licensed to operate as a Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC).  RBIC’s help to fill the need for business and development capital in rural areas and are required to invest in a minimum of 75%...

Rabobank launches investment initiative to promote innovation

[18 May/ Food Navigator] Rabobank announced the launch of the Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund, allowing high-potential, early-stage food and agri companies to receive between EUR500,000 to EUR3 million in funding and support from the bank as part of Rabo Private Equity. The programme has a focus on over 30 countries across Western Europe...

MEPs back proposals to cut EU’s 88 million tonnes of annual food waste

[17 May/ Food Navigator] 623 MEPs voted in favour of a draft EU environment commission report, calling for a 30 percent reduction of the 88 million tonnes of food waste annually by 2025, and 50 percent by 2030. This report comes as European policymakers consider reducing CO2 levels, so the bloc is more environmentally and...

Myrtle Rust: ‘It’s not too late to eradicate’

 [21 May/ Radio NZ] The Director of New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, Andrea Byrom said it isn’t too late to eradicate the myrtle rust disease, however, the time window is gradually getting shorter. The pathogen can kill Pōhutukawa, feijoa and rātā, amongst other plants. Three more sites in Taranaki were confirmed to have...

New test to detect antibiotic resistance in dairy cows

 [16 May/ Bayer New Zealand Media Release] A new initiative from Bayer New Zealand will see enable farmers to test their bulk milk supply for antibiotic resistance with the goal of more effectively treating mastitis.  The test, Dairy Antibiogram, will allow veterinarians to determine whether antibiotic resistance to mastitis treatment is present on a farm,...

Hundreds to speak at hearings

[20 May/ Otago Daily Times] Hearings for the Environment Southland’s Water and Land Plan started on Monday 22nd May. More than 300 people, including farmers and representatives of southern groups, prepared to speak to their submissions on the Water and Land Plan, with a total of 900 submissions received. The hearing panel is made up...

‘Pure alpaca’ deception leads to hefty fine

 [23 May/ Radio New Zealand Business] Princess Wool has been fined $194,000 by the Commerce Commission for misleading consumers about the wool content of their alpaca and cashmere duvets.  The company’s manager and Director were also charged and fined.  The Commerce Commission said the fines imposed bring the total fines against companies and individuals who...

Big things expected of Te Mana Lamb

[23 May/ Otago Daily Times] Prime Minister Bill English officiated over the launch of Te Mana Lamb in Hong Kong during a visit last week.  Te Mana Lamb is the output of the Omega Lamb Primary Growth Partnership between Alliance Group, Headwaters Group and the Ministry for Primary Industries.  The goal of the project is...

Shrinking sector means more closures possible – Beef and Lamb NZ

[18 May/ Radio New Zealand] A Silver Fern Farms shareholder has said sheep farmers require increased support and better prices, or else plants will continue to close as farmers look to more profitable uses of their land. Silver Fern Farms has proposed to close its Fairton sheepmeat plant in Ashburton, which would cut 370 jobs,...

A $7 payout on the cards?

[23 May/ Rural News Group] While current GDT price increases are pointing towards a $7 per kilogram milk payout for the new season, Senior Economist at the BNZ, Doug Steel, says he would not expect Fonterra to announce such a price this week as it is very early days for predicting how the 2017/18 season...

Dairy product prices continue climb

 [17 May/ Otago Daily Times] Dairy product prices rose at the Global Dairy Trade auction, increasing for the fifth consecutive time. The GDT price index increased to USD3,313 being a 3.2 percent gain from the previous auction two weeks ago. 21,236 tonnes of product was sold, compared to 22,633 tonnes at the previous auction. Whole...

Fishing companies on trial for under-reporting catches

[18 May/ Radio NZ] Some Hawkes Bay fishing companies such as Hawkes Bay Seafood’s Limited, several subsidiaries, and their directors or managers – including Nino D’Esposito, Joe D’Esposito and Marcus D’Esposito, as well as the skippers of several fishing boats working for companies associated with the Hawkes Bay Seafoods group committed fraud by under-reporting catch...

Marlborough Abalone Processors closes paua processing factory

[18 May/ Stuff] Marlborough Abalone Processors, a paua processing factory that has been in business for more than two decades, is shutting down after the earthquake destroyed the Kaikoura fishery. Marlborough Abalone Processors co-owner Stephen Young said half of the paua they would normally process was wiped out because of the earthquake, which is the...

‘From NZ’ bee pollen seller stung with $500,000 fine

[19 May/ Radio NZ] A health supplement company, Topline International – which sold pollen under the NatureBee brand, claimed its China-made bee pollen was a product of New Zealand, and has been ordered to pay a $500,000 fine after being brought to court by the Commerce Commission. Topline had been taking advantage of New Zealand’s...

New tests confirm New Zealand manuka honey is for real

 [17 May/ Stuff] Two new tests confirming whether New Zealand mānuka honey is the real deal have been released by Hills Laboratories, giving consumers greater confidence that they are buying genuine mānuka honey. The tests come after claims that unethical operators were profiting from sales of fake mānuka honey at largely inflated prices. The Ministry...

Hops production in NZ slumps by 10 percent

[22 May/ Radio NZ Country] The New Zealand Hop Co-operative says that its 18 growers, all of whom are in the Nelson region, has seen production fall around 10% to 750 tonnes.  CEO, Doug Donelan, said the crop had suffered as the the weather had not been right since spring started wet, and was compounded...

Wet conditions put dampener on vege crops

[17 May/ Radio NZ] Horticulture New Zealand said wet conditions have made it difficult to grow vegetables over the past few weeks. Growers umbrella group Spokesperson, Richard Palmer, said gardens are submerged in water, plants have been destroyed by the rain, and cyclone Debbie and Cook have made harvesting root vegetables difficult. Mr Palmer said...