Rural internet snag – Jessica Marshall:
Despite its importance to the sector, many farmers and rural customers are still managing with subpar internet and mobile phone service.
That’s according to the recent 2022 Federated Farmer Rural Connectivity Survey.
The survey found that more than half of the approximately 1,200 farmers who responded had reported download speeds at or less than 20 megabytes per second.
Federated Farmers national board member and telecommunications spokesman Richard McIntyre says broadband and mobile are vital to farming businesses. . .
While the big co-op Fonterra is the dominant force in the NZ dairy industry, injecting nearly $14bn into regional economies through its payout to farmers, some of the smaller companies have become spectacular performers.
Point of Order last week drew attention to how the specialist Waikato processing company Tatua had outstripped Fonterra with its 2021-22 payout.
This week a2 Milk grabbed a headline by telling the market it had renewed exclusive import and distribution arrangements with a Chinese company for five years. This triggered fresh interest in the company, which is sitting on a cash pile of $816.5m It plans to spend $150m of this in a share buy-back
China State Farm Agribusiness has been a2 Milk’s strategic distribution partner in China since 2013 and is the exclusive import agent for its China label products, including a2’s China label infant milk formula. . .
The new memorandum of understanding between the Government and agribusiness leaders as part of the Centre for Climate Action on Agricultural Emissions is a step in the right direction, National’s Agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says.
“The $172 million over four years committed to tools and technology, including $7.75 million in this financial year, is a constructive spend of committed Budget funds.
“National supports the Government’s current emissions targets and budgets.
“Our agricultural sector is currently worth $52 billion to New Zealand, and our farmers are already the world’s lowest emitters. . . .
Rewarding to invest in renewable power – Tim Cronshaw:
Solar power is only part of the environmental equation that adds up for a Canterbury vegetable and crop grower, writes Tim Cronshaw.
Robin Oakley’s call to put in 564 solar panels at his Southbridge vegetable and arable operation was done with his head and heart.
The ground-mounted solar line-up sits next to the packing shed and powers 40% of the site’s energy needs each year.
Within seven years, the payback from electricity generated by the panels will have covered the capital outlay of $400,000. . .
Dairy genetics company CRV NZ has become the first service provider to achieve NAIT accreditation under OSPRI’s more rigorous five-step process.
Representatives from OSPRI today officially presented CRV with its accreditation certificate in Hamilton.
National Manager Quality, Compliance and Assurance Melissa Bailey says the intention of the new voluntary accreditation system is to give farmers more confidence that organisations handling and managing their NAIT data, such as saleyards and meat processors, meet the highest industry-agreed standards.
Under the old system, more than 150 providers were accredited. Farmers were getting notices for not complying and there were some instances where the movements were recorded incorrectly. . .
Since first being detected in May, banana freckle has spread to more than 40 properties across the Northern Territory’s Top End region.
One of those is Julie-Ann Murphy and Alan Petersen’s farm, Rum Jungle Organics.
The only commercial farm caught up in the outbreak, they’re now facing the prospect of losing their entire banana plantation for the second time in a decade, as the NT government takes steps to tackle the disease.
“It’s pretty devastating to do it a second time,” Ms Murphy said. . .