Agribusiness

Smith promises more MPI engagement

[13 August/Rural news] The Ministry for Primary Industries Director-general, Ray Smith, wants his staff to engage more with the rural sector. This is a key element in his strategic plan for the year ahead. Mr Smith reports that he has told his management team to engage more, be agile, open and proactive, and be much...

Leaders fail us

[02 August/Farmers Weekly] Research by FMG shows that Agriculture sector leaders, notably co-operatives, are not sending clear signals to farmers and fall back on competition rather than collaborating. The research shows that even their own supply farmers struggle to get information out of them. FMG report that the industry leadership model is under pressure as...

New risks shape insurance future

[02 August/Farmers Weekly] FMG has released a new Future of Insurance report which states that demand from farmers for insurance will continue to grow as they diversify their activities and adopt new technology. Emerging activities and technology will involve new and emerging risks with cyber, drones and sensors already being adopted and farmers diversifying into...

Nathan Guy to step down in 2020

[30 July/Farmers Weekly] Otaki MP and former Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy will retire from politics at the next election. Nathan Guy will have served 15 years in parliament by next year’s election and has held the Ōtaki seat since 2008, he became an MP in 2005 and a minister in 2009. Mr Guy announced...