[26 June/Farmers Weekly]

A capital gap in the primary sector has led a leading rural economist to make the move from bank to investment company. Con Williams was appointed as head of MyFarm’s newly formed investment research division. He attended Fieldays under the ANZ banner for the last time and said he suspected the work he had done predicting the surging growth in horticultural areas was well received by MyFarm. MyFarm was interested in those sectors due to the growth opportunity that was out there. The ability to source foreign investment was becoming increasingly difficult. MyFarm was one of the early movers into the dairy farm equity market but more recently had focused efforts on primary sector investments beyond the traditional areas. Mr Williams added MyFarm had been interested in a range of sectors due to the growth opportunity and the ability to source foreign investment being restricted. Mr Williams would relocate to MyFarm’s head office in Fielding.