Posts tagged "Agriculture Minister"

Farmers need infrastructure to support new crops, Pāmu boss says

[10 May/Stuff NZ] One of the main messages at the Just transition Summit in New Plymouth on Friday was that although farmers are adapting to changing consumer demands, rapid investment needs to be made in infrastructure to make money off new crops. Pāmu Chief Executive Steve Carden reports that if processing facilities for hemp are...

Campaign in support of natural fibres

[13 May/The Country] Wool advocate Craig Smith is on a mission to reduce the amount of micro-plastics getting into waterways while educating consumers about the impact of synthetic fabrics. Mr Smith is General Manager for Devold Wool Direct and presented a petition to Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor this week which was addressed towards the Italian...

Farmer forums kick-off

[16 April/Rural News] DairyNZ Farmers’ Forums start on 17 April in Timaru with the agenda focusing on dairy’s future and opportunities. Speakers will explain developments in New Zealand and overseas, how they may impact local farmers and how farmers can prepare with confidence. Six forums will be held NZ-wide for the next six weeks. Agriculture...

Major new study reveals attitude to climate change in rural sector

[09 April/NewsHub] A survey conducted by Nielson research and commission by the Ministry for Primary Industries has shown farmers are more focused on sustainability and the impacts of climate change more than ever. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor stated the result was heartening, especially when considering some of the specific actions farmers reported putting into place....

DIRA input sought

[3 November/ODT Rural Life] Public consultation has been launched on the review of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001, the legislation which enabled the formation and operation of Fonterra. The government had announced the review was in process earlier in the year and Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, launched the public consultation at a dairy farm...

Growers apprenticeships ‘good news’

[10 August/Rural News] According to Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, horticulture offered a pathway to a better future for thousands of New Zealanders. He added the industry predicted it would need 25,000 more workers, and the announcement of 100 new horticultural apprenticeships was a good start. He noted agriculture offered opportunities to make money and add...

Animal welfare minister ‘disturbed’ by new abuse case

[28 June/The Country] According to Associate Agriculture Minister, Meka Whaitiri, footage of a farmer violently hitting cows was disturbing. She said more animal welfare inspectors were a priority for the government. She emphasised that any bad treatment of animals, regardless of the reason, was not acceptable. She added the Ministry for Primary Industries was investigating...

Funding boost for key farm management tool

[17 May/Rural News] A controversial farm management tool, Overseer, will get $5 million state funding for an upgrade according to the recent budget. Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, said the Government and the primary sector would work together to boost the science behind the tool. Overseer is a tool that helps measure nutrient use and greenhouse...

Rural-urban divide narrowing – report

[26 February/Rural News] Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor welcomed recent survey results that showed many New Zealanders hold a similar positive view of the primary sector. O’Connor said the key finding was that with very few exceptions, the views of rural and urban New Zealanders are similar across key areas such as water quality and expansion...

Dairy industry law changes ‘inevitable’: Minister

 [19 February/The Country] Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said that changes to the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA) are inevitable based on a review of the dairy industry this year. This comes after the misinformation within the industry that the review he announced recently would be less in depth than a review which had previously been...

Minister blasts NAIT

[20 February/Rural News] According to Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) clearly hasn’t worked as it should have. He brought this up because of the recent Mycoplasma bovis outbreak which has caused problems across the board. Mr O’Connor said that he doesn’t blame farmers as there is a lack of clear...

Grey, Buller districts added to drought list

[10 January/ Otago Daily Times] Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, has added the Grey and Buller Districts on the West Coast to the list of regions currently experiencing a medium-scale drought.  The declaration means that the local Rural Support Trust and other recovery organisations are able to access a funding boost.  Minister O’Connor declared 13 districts...

New Zealand needs to pull ahead of world on agri-innovation

[1 December/ NZ Herald] Ministry for Primary Industries Director General, Martyn Dunne said New Zealand needed to be in a better position to respond to challenges like increased competition, environmental and climatic impacts, and disruptive technologies in the agri-food sector. Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor said the sector had to compete with others around the world...