As the country’s front-line export sector, NZ agriculture is bearing the brunt of the global trade slowdown. ANZ Bank’s chief economist Sharon Zollner says the human and economic damage from the Covid-19 outbreak is taking a heavy toll on sentiment in the agriculture sector.
“Our best hope is that the disruption proves short-lived but there is not question the export-oriented sector is reeling”.
Authorities such as Keith Woodford believe NZ, as well as most of the world, will head into recession. Woodford contends the key issue becomes rapid support for those who lose their employment.
He sees a “considerable risk” that the government and Reserve Bank will use the wrong macro tools. . .
The problem with vegans and climate change – Jacqueline Rowarth:
Veganism is a distraction from the major climate change issues of increase in population and lifestyle, including travel, writes Dr Jacqueline Rowarth.
Farmers cannot grow whatever food they like.
This is contrary to ongoing statements in the media, from, for instance the Vegan Society.
Quite apart from the legal restraints to do with type of crop and chemicals that can be used, there are temperature, rainfall, soil and topographical constraints. . .
Court to rule on M Bovis compo – Annette Scott:
The Mycoplasma bovis compensation battle has ramped up following a High Court ruling it is allowed to decide what farmers can be repaid for.
In October last year lawyer Grant Cameron sought a judicial review, on behalf of the van Leeuwen farming group, of the Ministry for Primary Industries’ compensation system.
The van Leeuwens, the first to have the cattle disease confirmed in New Zealand, claim they have been left $3million out of pocket. . .
Future fails to make present – Neal Wallace:
The present has caught up with AgResearch’s Future Footprint plans which are now a thing of the past. It is now going it alone at Lincoln but collaborating with Massey University in Palmerston North and will keep its centres at Ruakura and Invermay. Neal Wallace reports.
AGRESEARCH has abandoned elements of its Future Footprint proposal begun eight years ago and will keep its four national campuses but expand two.
The original plan was to severely downsize its Invermay campus near Dunedin and Ruakura in Hamilton with the focus on centres at Lincoln and Palmerston North.
Acting chief executive Tony Hickmott says the plan now is to retain all four sites and construct new buildings at Palmerston North, which is under way, and Lincoln. . .
Magic tonic needed to open wallets – Pam Tipa:
Rain is the magic tonic in the farming community, says Northland based AgFirst consultant Tafi Manjala.
But without it the sentiment going into the Northland Field Days from the farming community will likely to be “cautious”, he says.
“When it is raining and things are going well people are more buoyant and positive about the future,” Manjala told Rural News.
“They feel more confident about things, they can justify to themselves why they can have some discretionary expenditure at the field days. . .
Agrifeeds have started the new decade in a strong position, having invested significantly in new blending and storage facilities to help increase their nutritional offer to customers.
Following the opening late last year of two new storage facilities in New Plymouth and Marsden Point in Northland, two new blending operations have also been built in each location. . .