It’s taken far longer than it ought to have, but the sale of the former Crafar farms has finally been settled.
Today, after a long and extensive process, the Receivers from KordaMentha have secured final settlement with Pengxin New Zealand Farm Group Limited for the Crafar Farms.
Pengxin New Zealand Farm Group Limited’s offer was accepted by the Receivers two years ago and has been subject to many hurdles, opposition and challenges.
Brendon Gibson of KordaMentha said “despite a long and challenging process, we are happy to have secured the sale of the Crafar farms at a very pleasing price. Following extensive local and international marketing of the farms as individual units and as a group, Pengxin’s offer was far and above the best received so we are very satisfied to secure final settlement.
“We have operated the properties for three years and the farms will be handed over as a full going concern for Pengxin and Landcorp. The farms we inherited required some hard work and investment during a volatile economic environment, the support of our appointing banks, staff and sharemilkers during these challenging three years has been exceptional. We understand the new owners and operators will continue that work and investment in the farms. . .
While I don’t think the government should be farming that is a political view about best use of public money which doesn’t reflect on Landcorp’s ability to manage farms.
The company makes a poor return on capital.
But the farms it owns and manages are generally well run and the former Crafar farms should do much betteer under Landcorp management.