Word of the day

28/04/2021

Howf – a haunt; a tavern or public house.


Sowell says

28/04/2021


Rural round-up

28/04/2021

Migrants adding value to NZ dairy industry – Sudesh Kissun:

Migrant workers add value to the dairy industry and Philippines-born Waikato farm manager Christopher Vila is a prime example.

In two weeks, he joins 10 other regional farm manager winners at the New Zealand Dairy Awards national finals in Hamilton. Vila is Waikato’s Farm Manager of the Year and will be gunning for the national title.

A trained vet, he moved to New Zealand 13 years ago.

Starting as a farm assistant on a 1,200-cow farm in Reporoa he worked his way up to his current role sevent years ago – farm manager on a 340-cow family trust farm in Ohaupo, outside Hamilton. . . 

$8 opening forecast may be on the cards – Sudesh Kissun:

Strong dairy prices point to a record opening forecast farmgate milk price for the next season.

Westpac is forecasting an $8/kgMS opening forecast and ASB has boosted its opening forecast by 20c to $7.50/kgMS.

With five weeks left to run, the 2020-21 season is wrapping up and the next two Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auctions are likely to have little impact on this season’s farmgate milk price. Last week’s GDT auction saw a 0.4% rise in whole milk powder prices.

Dairy prices are holding most of their gains from earlier in the year and remain remarkably high, a good omen for the coming season. . . 

Fruit picking subsidy fails to lure kiwis – Business Desk:

The Government’s Seasonal Work Scheme (SWS) subsidising jobseekers has lured just 195 new fruit pickers to move to where work is.

Pre-pandemic, temporary migrant workers from the Pacific Islands were the backbone of the horticultural seasonal workforce but with border closures preventing their entry, the Government tried to attract New Zealanders to where the work was.

Announced in November, the SWS aimed to fill the shortage by giving financial aid and support to people relocating for horticultural work. This was alongside other measures, such as bringing beneficiaries into picking jobs.

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni is hesitant to label the scheme a success or a failure. . . 

Heifer winner encouraging others – Mary-Jo Tohill:

When you have won as many heifer titles as David Wilson, you would be forgiven for thinking why bother with all the effort of entering competitions.

He has won the South Island-wide title three times and been runner-up twice.

However, the gongs are not everything, says the South Taieri dairy farmer who has lost count of the number of southern district competitions he has won with his purebred Friesian calves.

To the fourth-generation farmer, it is all about taking part. . . 

Farmers encouraged to look to hemp to improve sustainable farming practices :

Representatives of New Zealand’s industrial hemp industry are encouraging farmers to move to growing hemp as a way to reduce their impact on the environment.

Chair of the New Zealand Hemp Industry Association Richard Barge says that the hemp industry offers a huge opportunity for New Zealand’s agricultural sector and urges farmers to learn more about hemp at the upcoming iHemp Summit & Expo in Rotorua this May.

“For years now the Government has been pushing for farmers to publicly address their sustainability – from the pollution of waterways to their greenhouse gas emissions. Hemp can help alleviate some of these issues, working to create a smaller environmental footprint.”

Barge says that hemp has impressive cleansing properties which could help tackle polluted farmland and filter runoff that’s going into our waterways. . . 

Industry groups work with tertiary sector to attract jobseekers into horticulture jobs:

New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc. and GoHort have teamed up with eCampus NZ to launch 10 free online courses to attract New Zealanders into roles in the horticulture industry.

The short, online taster courses introduce learners to the career opportunities available in horticulture. They cover a range of topics, from health and safety to leading a team in an orchard or packhouse.

The courses are being promoted through the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Opportunity Grows Here campaign, which was launched last year to help New Zealanders find employment opportunities in the primary sector.

The course content was developed collaboratively by horticulture industry groups, with support from eCampus NZ. . . 


Yes Sir Humphrey

28/04/2021


Something missing

28/04/2021

A full page advertisement in yesterday’s Otago Daily Times told me how important the Covid-19 vaccine is.

I already knew that.

What I didn’t know was when any of us will be getting the vaccine and I still don’t. The advertisement was silent on that.

It also didn’t mention that rather than being at the front of the queue as was promised last year, New Zealand is well down the rankings of doses administered.

1
United States
215 950 000 11
Italy
16 270 000 21
Bangladesh
7 420 000
2
China
204 190 000 12
Mexico
15 000 000 22
Argentina
6 550 000
3
India
129 650 000 13
Chile
13.54 million 23
Hungary
4 870 000
4
United Kingdom
43 920 000 14
Spain
13 500 000 24
Netherlands
4 580 000
5
Brazil
34 060 000 15
Canada
10 800 000 25
Romania
4 490 000
6
Germany
23 660 000 16
Israel
10 370 000 26
Colombia
3 980 000
7
Turkey
20 480 000 17
United Arab Emirates
9 900 000 27
Belgium
3 200 000
8
France
17 870 000 18
Poland
9 500 000 28
Serbia
3 140 000
9
Indonesia
17 640 000 19
Morocco
8 900 000 29
Portugal
2 780 000
10
Russia
16 820 000 20
Saudi Arabia
7 610 000 30
Greece
2 650 000

 

Rank Country Doses * Rank Country Doses * Rank Country Doses *
31
Czechia
2 650 000 41
Nepal
1 700 000 51
Peru
1 310 000
32
Sweden
2 640 000 42
Denmark
1 660 000 52
Ireland
1 240 000
33
Austria
2 620 000 43
Philippines
1 610 000 53
Malaysia
1 210 000
34
Japan
2 350 000 44
Finland
1 570 000 54
Hong Kong
1 170 000
35
Wales
2 330 000 45
Dominican Republic
1 510 000 55
Bahrain
1 140 000
36
Singapore
2 210 000 46
Uruguay
1 480 000 56
Nigeria
1 130 000
37
Switzerland
2 090 000 47
Norway
1 390 000 57
Myanmar
1.040000
38
South Korea
1 960 000 48
Slovakia
1 370 000 58
Sri Lanka
925 242
39
Cambodia
1 780 000 49
Azerbaijan
1 370 000 59
Kazakhstan
893 164
40
Australia
1 720 000 50
Qatar
1 320 000 60
Ghana
842 521

 

Rank Country Doses * Rank Country Doses * Rank Country Doses *
61
Lithuania
822 085 71
Kuwait
604 861 81
Albania
372 075
62
Pakistan
800 000 72
Ecuador
601 229 82
Lebanon
365 83
63
Croatia
726 315 73
Bolivia
577 211 83
Rwanda
349 702
64
Costa Rica
698 327 74
Panama
574 212 84
Maldives
342 379
65
Bulgaria
676 501 75
Slovenia
543 708 85
Uzbekistan
335 610
66
Thailand
666 21 76
Ukraine
491 88 86
Zimbabwe
332 996
67
Jordan
665 226 77
Bhutan
479 333 87
Tunisia
300 369
68
Kenya
651 65 78
Ethiopia
430 000 88
South Africa
292 623
69
Mongolia
637 415 79
Senegal
380 665 89
Malta
288 797
70
Iran
621 822 80
Estonia
376 276 90
Malawi
263 931

 

Rank Country Doses * Rank Country Doses * Rank Country Doses *
91 Venezuela 250 000 101
Luxembourg
166 724 111
Vietnam
108 897
92 Uganda 245 939 102
Egypt
164 534 112
Northern Cyprus
107 365
93 Angola 245 442 103
Guatemala
160 37 113
Iceland
100 168
94 Latvia 230 848 104
Togo
160 000 114
Sudan
100 01
95 Cyprus 219 654 105
Laos
137 026 115
Moldova
99 639
96 Oman 217 582 106
Jamaica
135 473 116
Cote d’Ivoire
94 818
97 El Salvador 200 000 107
Afghanistan
120 000 117
Paraguay
93 111
98 Iraq 197 914 108
Mauritius
117 323 118
Macao
86 653
99 Palestine 192 315 109
Seychelles
116 957 119
Algeria
75 000
100
New Zealand
183 351 110
Guinea
116 113 120
Guyana
73 600

 

Being down at 100 might not matter so much if we could have confidence that the vaccination roll-out was going as planned, but how can we when we don’t know what the plan is?

We know that border staff and essential workers come first, people aged 65 and older will come next and then the rest of us. Vaccination of the first group is under way but there hasn’t been a word about when those in the next two groups can expect to be immunised.

Does it matter?

Yes, because as the advertisement said:

Our immunity against Covid-10 is incredibly important. Because it brings more possibilities for us all.

Possibilities like keeping our way of life intact; our kids being able to learn without worrying about interruptions; or being able to plan gatherings with whanau, or team trips away, without fear of them being cancelled.

Immunity can bring us all this, as well as more certainty is our jobs, and more confidence in our businesses. With the strength of an immune system made up of all of us, together we can, and will, create more freedom, more options, and more possibilities for everyone. . . 

I have no argument about any of that. But something very important is missing from the advertisement.

Why, if the government is making such an effort to convince us of the importance and benefits of being vaccinated, won’t they tell us when we will be?


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