Why farmers are like the All Blacks – Jacqueline Rowarth :
Dr Jacqueline Rowarth agrees with National leader Christopher Luxon’s recent statement that New Zealanders should back farmers the same way they back the All Blacks.
Farmers, the foundation of the economy, the contributors to the kiwi way of life in many more ways than one, and the producers of food and fibre – are under attack whatever they do.
Or so it seems.
The latest is the research implying that they “do the right thing” where people can see the effects… but not so much where the effects are not visible. . .
Cyclone-struck Waipukurau farmer gets surprise offer from the South Island – Dan Hutchinson :
They say one good deed deserves another.
The thing is, Waipukurau farmer Di Murphy had long since forgotten about the donation of hay she made to a drought-stricken North Canterbury farmer more than 30 years ago.
It was 1992 and Hawke’s Bay truck driver, owner and operator Kevin Isaacson was planning a mercy dash to the South Island with a few loads of hay to help ease the drought.
“He was a lovely man. He was very much a solo driver. Had a truck and trailer. He contacted me. He said he was going to take a load of hay down to those poor unfortunates, have you got any?” . . .
Fonterra completes divestment of Chile business:
Fonterra has today completed the sale of its Chilean Soprole business to Gloria Foods – JORB S.A. (Gloria Foods).
When announced in November 2022, the sale was subject to a number of conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals and commencement of an irrevocable public tender offer process in Chile for the outstanding shares in Soprole not already owned by Fonterra.
Fonterra is pleased to confirm that these conditions have now been satisfied.
Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell says the divestment is a significant milestone in the implementation of Fonterra’s strategy and allows the Co-op to reduce debt and return around 50 cents per share and unit, which is approximately NZ$800 million, to farmer owners and unit holders as previously announced.
Global passion for avocados celebrated at record breaking event :
The world’s all-consuming love affair with avocados shows no signs of slowing down with record numbers set to attend a global industry congress in Auckland next week.
The 10th World Avocado Congress is expected to attract the single largest international delegation to a horticulture event held in Aotearoa New Zealand with more than 1,100 attendees from 32 countries joining key representatives from our local avocado industry for a packed programme of activities.
Jen Scoular, President of the World Avocado Congress Committee and CEO of New Zealand Avocado, says the Congress offers an unprecedented opportunity to promote our local avocado industry to the world.
“Though we only produce about 2 percent of the global avocado supply and we’re the ninth largest avocado exporter in the world, avocados are Aotearoa’s third largest horticulture export behind kiwifruit and apples. We play a significant part in the country’s horticulture industry, and we’re excited to have this showcased to a global audience,” says Scoular. . .
Silver Fern Farms annual results 2022 positive performance allows for large-scale investment :
Silver Fern Farms Co-operative and its investment, Silver Fern Farms Limited, have today released their Annual Results for the 2022 year.
Silver Fern Farms Co-operative Chair, Rob Hewett, says the positive result reflects the business’s ongoing orientation towards the end consumer, and the Co-operative has been focused on ensuring that farmer suppliers share in the risk and reward of the Operating Company’s market performance.
“The first half of 2022 saw record returns for our farmer suppliers. The Operating Company’s ability to navigate risks in the market better than expected saw us proactively make over $21 million of reward payments to suppliers over and above the record schedule pricing and other payments they received,” says Mr Hewett.
“Silver Fern Farms has continued to grow new value streams for our farmers. Over $10 million of livestock programme premiums were paid out to suppliers across the year – up almost 50 percent on the previous year. Shareholding suppliers are intentionally over-indexed both in terms of involvement in premium programmes and access to processing space,” he says. . .
Exclusive: mass food fraud and safety scandal engulfs sector – Abi Kay :
British farmers are being ripped off by an industrial-scale country-of-origin fraud in a scandal that has engulfed almost the entire food retail sector, as well as some major food service outlets.
An in-depth investigation by Farmers Weekly has revealed that up until at least the end of 2020, a food manufacturer was passing off huge quantities of foreign pork – sometimes tens of thousands of tonnes a week – as British.
The processor, which cannot be named for legal reasons, has also been accused by former employees of regularly “washing” hams that are visibly off, or mixing rotting pork with fresh product for further processing.
Other products such as ox tongues were not heat treated properly, and meat was sometimes thawed out on the factory floor, posing a serious food safety risk. . . .