No room for a too-hard basket – Annette Scott:
The role of primary industries will be more acute than ever as the nation looks to future-proof its economy, International Network of Government Science Advice chairman Sir Peter Gluckman says.
With tourism in big trouble for the foreseeable future the role of the primary sector in food and fibre production will be critical for New Zealand’s future both short and long term.
How to get more value out of the agricultural sector and make it more efficient is the challenge ahead, Gluckman said. . .
What’s to celebrate in the wake of the crushing blow to the economy delivered by the Covid-19 pandemic?
Certainly it’s a relief NZ has emerged less scarred than other countries. Whether the country absorbed more economic pain than was necessary will be debated fiercely.
As ministers begin the search to fill the economic hole left by the collapse of the tourist industry and by permanent damage – perhaps – to sectors like international education, PM Jacinda Ardern says she wants “specific” and “ specially designed” initiatives for different industries. . .
DairyNZ is welcoming the water storage initiatives for drought-stricken Northland and Hawke’s Bay but is urging the Government to consider a national strategy, says DairyNZ strategy and investment leader – responsible dairy, Dr David Burger.
“This announcement will be welcome news for farmers in the Northland and Hawke’s Bay regions who have really been doing it tough this summer with very little rain,” said Dr Burger.
“As a country there are huge opportunities for water storage to help increase reliability of water supply in times of drought, to enable land-use flexibility and farming within environmental limits, and to help regions like Northland unlock their full economic potential.” . .
Uncertainty created from the COVID-19 pandemic has failed to dampen the launch of a new magazine which tells stories of rural New Zealand women.
Shepherdess is a new quarterly magazine which aims to “connect, empower and inspire”.
Magazine founder and editor, Manawatu’s Kristy McGregor, said the concept was based on the Australian magazine Graziher. . .
A new $1 million project will develop a new information system to help shape the genetics powering New Zealand’s dairy sector.
The project, backed by funding from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), will be used to record and collate data on a range of important traits of dairy cows.
Each year physical and behavioural traits of 50,000 dairy cows are assessed by breed societies to help evaluate the performance of New Zealand’s top breeding bulls. . .
A recent public opinion piece by World Animal Protection New Zealand condemning hunting has been roundly criticised by the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ.
“The slagging of duck hunting by WAPNZ is hypocritical, poorly based and not factual,” said CORANZ chairman Andi Cockroft.
In the World Animal Protection NZ press release campaign advisor Christine Rose described as “inexplicable that hunting and shooting is among the priorities agreed suitable for level 3 activities”. . .