Farmers backed by court – Jono Edwards:
The Environment Court has backed Lindis River farmers and water users with a potentially precedent-setting minimum-flow decision.
In a ruling released this week, Judge Jon Jackson set a minimum flow for the river of 550 litres per second and a primary allocation of 1640 litres per second, which are the limits proposed by the Lindis Catchment Group.
This will cancel the limits set by Otago Regional Council-appointed commissioners of a minimum flow of 900 litres per second and a primary allocation of 1200 litres per second.
The catchment group is hailing the decision, having long said the original limits would be devastating for farmers and the local economy. . .
Fonterra’s board, under heavy fire for the losses racked up in the last two years, may at last be getting something right. Its recruitment of Mercury’s CEO Fraser Whineray to the newly created post of chief operating officer puts him in pole position to drive innovation, efficiency, and sustainability in the co-op.
When he joins Fonterra next year he will bring with him the credentials of having transformed Mercury, simplifying the business through the divestment of overseas interests and developing a compelling strategy for sustainable growth.
Harbour Asset Management’s Shane Solly said Whineray adds “a bit of grunt to the front row at Fonterra”. . .
Time to modernize our biotech laws – Dr Parmjeet Parmar:
Biotechnology advancement has been rapid, and we’re being left behind due to our restrictive legislation, writes National List MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar.
Biotechnology is occurring all around the world and we need to have an informed discussion on how it could affect New Zealand.
Our legislation needs to be amended to ensure that we can make advancements that need made, while having a clearly regulated framework that mitigates risk.
Recently I announced alongside National Party Leader Simon Bridges, that National would make the required changes to the Hazardous Substances and Organisms (HSNO) Act should we be elected in 2020. . .
Moves by the Government to protect highly productive land must focus on maintaining the productive capacity of that land.
‘We need a national policy that ensures New Zealand can grow enough vegetables and fruit to feed itself, now and in the future, and at affordable prices,’ says HortNZ Chief Executive, Mike Chapman.
‘That’s why we support the Government’s action to protect highly productive land. However, policy makers must also remember that the land itself is only one factor in vegetable and fruit growing.
‘Growers also need access to water for irrigation, they need to be able to apply sufficient fertilizer, and they need to be able to operate machinery like frost fans and infrastructure like packhouses, 24/7 depending on the time of the year.
‘If for any reason, growers cannot do this, they need to have the option to use the land for other purposes.’ . .
Sprout accelerator is offering $500,000 to innovators from traditional agritech and future-food focused start-ups.
Eight will be selected to join the six-month accelerator starting in January.
The Accelerator offers $75,000 worth of business coaching, mentoring, network access and MBA style block courses.
Entrepreneurs will receive business mentoring and workshops from world-class business owners and directors from across the technology, agricultural and food industries. . .
Stop the farm invasions inspired by Aussie Farms Map – Brian Ahmed:
OVER the past two months, the Victorian Parliament has listened to farmers about the impact of farm invasions on farming families, our industries, and our way of life.
As a chicken egg farmer myself, I presented to the inquiry last month along with my daughter, Danyel, who I hope will one day take over our family farm.
Danyel spoke with passion about her love of farming and desire to keep our multi-generational farm growing into the future.
But, as Danyel told the inquiry, with the rise in farm invasions, she is too scared to live on the farm with her young family. . .