Posts tagged "Damien O’Connor"

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...