Posts tagged "Primary Growth Partnership"

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...

Summerfruit readies funding case

[1 August/Rural Life] Summerfruit New Zealand Chief Executive, Marie Dawkins, said it had nearly completed its business case proposal for a Primary Growth Partnership that will encourage innovation, add value and enhance the industry. She added it was a major strategy for the industry. It sent its initial application several months ago and the panel...

Government to review primary sector research programmes

[4 December/ Stuff] The Government has announced that it would keep the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programmes running until it reviewed them. Under the previous National Government, the 22 PGPs were its flagship research and development programme for the primary sector. Of the 22 programmes, six have been completed and 16 were currently still underway....

Innovation Awards success for Primary Growth Partnership programmes

[19 October/ MPI media release] Two Primary Growth Partnership programmes has won awards at the New Zealand Innovation Awards. The SPATnz Primary Growth Partnership programme won the Innovation in Agribusiness & Environment category, and the Omega Lamb Project took out the Innovation Award in the Innovation in Food & Beverage category. SPATnz has developed a...

Good prices for bumper crop

[19 January/ NZ Farmers Weekly] The avocado industry is in line to complete its largest export season for volume. Export earnings are expected to exceed $100 million. One third of the anticipated 4.6 million export trays were diversified to markets outside Australia, with an expected 2 million trays for the local market. With two months...

Potential for forestry biofuel confirmed

[13 October/ Radio New Zealand] A $13.5 million Primary Growth Partnership study, Stump to Pump project, half funded by the Government and led by pulp and paper processor Norske Skog, and fuel company Z Energy, confirmed the feasibility of developing a biofuel industry from sawdust, bark and other forestry residue. The Bioenergy Association said that...

Labour questions Fed Farmers priorities

[22 September/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Labour Party primary industries spokesperson, Damien O’Connor said that although there can be some improvements surrounding the RMA, the Federated Farmers’ call for reform is misplaced as the highest cost of agriculture is capital and the cost of power, with both banks and power companies making record profits. While...

Vibrant future in merino

 [22 March/  NZ Farmer Weekly] The Government and industry funded Primary Growth Partnership programme, the $34 million New Zealand Sheep industry Transformation Project is targeting a “fit-for-market”, easy to care and highly productive fine wool sheep earning wool, meat and other revenues. The New Zealand Merino Company CEO, John Brakenridge said it could bring payoffs...

PGP to support the deer industry

[2 December/ New Zealand Farmers Weekly]  The Deer industry is to receive a significant injection of research funds from the government as a result of the launch of an $8.3 million Primary Growth Partnership.  Deer Industry New Zealand Chairman, Andy Macfarlane, said that the money would contribute towards a three stage programme to lift average...

Govt challenged over research funding for low alcohol wine

[28 November/ Radio New Zealand Rural] More than $8 million worth of Government funding has been committed to a seven-year wine industry project through the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) scheme. The project’s goal is to identify and develop a new range of wine which has lower calorie and alcohol levels. New Zealand Winegrowers Chief Executive...

Minster aiming high for agribusiness

[5 June/ Rural News Group] Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has said that doubling New Zealand’s primary exports to $60 billion by 2025 is a challenge but something that will be good to aim for nonetheless. Mr Guy said that the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) will play a large role in achieving this goal....