Posts tagged "Damien O’Connor"

Farmers urged to have their say on changes to animal tracing system

[30 October/Stuff] Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, has opened a consultation round on proposed improvements to the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme.  The Minister said that the scheme should have worked better during the initial stages of the Mycoplasma Bovis response, adding that he determined to make changes to the scheme to make it...

Recovery package to get farmers hit by cattle disease back on their feet faster

[9 October/Stuff] Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, announced a recovery package to help farmers get back to business faster after being cleared of Mycoplasma bovis. The package would give access to assistance with compensation claims, online tools, and extra support from the Rural Support Trust. The compensation team was made up...

New ag investment fund launched

[21 August/Farmers Weekly] According to Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, the Government’s new primary sector investment programme would amalgamate the best of the Sustainable Farming Fund and Primary Growth Partnership. The $40 million a year fund was launched by Mr O’Connor. He said its primary funding criteria was improving product value or understanding. He also released...

Get used to higher costs of farming

[21 August/Rural News] Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, said farmers should get used to the increasing costs of farming in New Zealand. He added the reality was we are in a world that was scrutinising every part of our farming operations. He referred to accountability and product origin when explaining this. He claimed a recent apple...

Wool sector to connect threads

[23 July/Farmers Weekly] The wool industry was set to move forward with a new purpose and a plan for action. Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, said key players would form a group to better tell the wool story and give it a sense of direction with a purpose for the future. He added there was a...

More M. bovis disclosure wanted – Whanganui farmers

[26 June/The Country] Farmers want to know whether their neighbours have the Mycoplasma bovis disease, however the Ministry for Primary Industries has been avoiding outing infected farms to the public. Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, said it would now directly inform the neighbours of infected or high risk farms. It would also list the NAIT numbers...

Gisborne flood is an adverse event

[12 June/Farmers Weekly] The Government has declared the flooding around the Tolaga Bay area a medium scale event according to Agricultural and Rural Communities Minister, Damien O’Connor. Metservice forecast heavy rain and severe gales for parts of northern and central New Zealand including parts of Gisborne where significant damage was caused. Mr O’Connor said the...

Biosecurity onus on all of us, says Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor

[13 June/NZ Herald] Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, said all New Zealanders needed to participate in biosecurity as a reflex action. He told KPMG’s Fieldays Agribusiness Leaders’ Breakfast about the Government’s Biosecurity 2025 direction. An important part was to create better understanding of the importance of biosecurity for every New Zealander. He noted thinking...

MPI cattle cull ‘the right thing’

[27 March/Rural Life] The Ministry for Primary Industries announced it would cull 22,332 cattle at sites infected with Mycoplasma Bovis as a tragic necessity. Federated Farmers North Otago Dairy Chairman, Lyndon Strang, said it was the right thing for agriculture and that he hoped the compensation process happened quickly. The government approved $85 million in...

Officials to set up Cook Strait checkpoint to stop cattle disease

[23 March/NZ Farmer] To help stop the disease Mycoplasma Bovis travelling to the North Island, cattle crossing the Cook Strait will be checked from Friday. Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity, Damien O’Connor, said farmers were not complying with their legal obligations under NAIT and that only 57 percent of farmers who record their animal movements...

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...

Rotorua and Hokitika farmers named as finalists for Maori excellence in farming award

[23 February/NZ Farmer] Rotorua’s Onuku Maori Lands’ Trust and the Proprietors of Mawhera Incorporation were named as the finalists of the Ahuwhenua Trophy for the BNZ Maori Excellence in Farming Award. Onuku Maori Lands’ Trust Boundary Road Farm is a 72 hectare block about 30 kilometres south of Rotorua. The trust consists of four dairy...

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...

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor calls for review of dairy industry

[8 February/NZ Herald] Halting changes to Fonterra’s enabling legislation would allow for a broader review of New Zealand’s dairy sector and whether it is adding enough value to our dairy industry, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The proposed changes gave the co-operative discretion on accepting milk from new dairy conversions and would remove the need...

Farmer compensation for cattle disease to cost over $100m: Nathan Guy

[9 February/NZ Farmer] According to the National Primary Industries’ spokesman, Nathan Guy, compensation for farmers who were affected by the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease could exceed $100 million. However, Mr Guy added that farmers would likely be told to learn to live with the disease once the Cabinet had decided their spending priorities. He noted...

Labour’s 100 days fails farmers – Guy

[12 February/Rural News] According to the National Primary Industries spokesperson, Nathan Guy, Labour’s first 100 days in government has failed farmers. He said that the government had lacked any real action around the big issues facing the farming sector. He noted that the Minister Damien O’Connor is spending $17 million out of the Primary Growth...

Agribusiness needs urgent vision

[6 February/Rural News] Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, has returned from a recent trip to Europe with a strengthened belief that New Zealand needs a vision and strategic plan for the agribusiness sector.  Having visited a number of countries as well as the Green Week trade show in Berlin, he said the language in Europe is...