The planet is in a state of flux, economies are tumbling into recession, no-one (not even Donald Trump) can predict when the agony will end.
Suddenly, the streets are empty: life as we have known it is now very different. The nation is in lockdown.
As the London “Economist” put it:
“The struggle to save lives and the economy is likely to present agonising choices…As that sends economies reeling, desperate governments are trying to tide over companies and by handing out millions of dollars in aid and loan guarantees. Nobody can be sure how these rescues will work”. . .
Don’t stress weakening economy – Neal Wallace:
Economist Cameron Bagrie is joining a chorus of calls for the Government to delay introducing policy imposing new environmental rules and costs on a rapidly weakening economy.
Bagrie says Government borrowing as a percentage of gross domestic product has doubled from 20% to 40% in the last few weeks as it tries to protect jobs and businesses from the impact of measures to control the covid-19 virus pandemic.
He expects Government borrowing will increase further and warns now is not the time to introduce more costs on businesses in freshwater regulations and the new minimum wage, which applies from April 1.
“Farming has been unloved and beaten up by the Government for the last two or three years but the Government is going to need farmers for the next few years.” . .
Virus adds to woes of North Canterbury farmers – David Hill:
The uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic is adding yet another headache for North Canterbury farmers.
Federated Farmers North Canterbury president Cameron Henderson and North Canterbury Rural Support Trust chairman Andy Munro say dry conditions, the ongoing effects of Mycoplasma bovis and coronavirus, and this week’s 5.1-magnitude earthquake near Culverden are creating uncertainty.
‘‘The effects of the virus seem to be changing day to day as we have seen with share markets and travel bans,’’ Mr Henderson said. . .
Meat matters to sector stalwart – Colin Williscroft:
Tim Ritchie retires as Meat Industry Association chief executive on April 7 after a career in primary sector roles that began in the 1970s. Colin Williscroft reports.
THE meat industry has come a long way since Tim Ritchie got involved and a decision made on the far side of the world about then that has provided the biggest advantage to the sector here in the years since.
Though it might not have seemed like it at the time, in retrospect Britain joining the then European Economic Community in 1973 was the best thing that could have happened for New Zealand farmers. . .
Leader learnt a lot in dairy industry – Yvonne O’Hara:
‘‘It was like being dropped into the mothership of emergency management.’’
That is how Katrina Thomas describes her involvement with the recent flood recovery effort in the South.
The Wreys Bush dairy farmer was Dairy Women’s Network (DWN) southern regional hub leader for Otago and Southland since 2016, and regional leader for Southland since 2012.
However, this year she decided she wanted to try other challenges. . .
The wine industry is facing criticism for continuing harvest during the Covid-19 lockdown, and is facing problems with worker accommodation
The government says the grape and wine industry can continue to operate as an essential business, but strict conditions apply as the country moves to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Some Marlborough people have noticed the hundreds of workers travelling to work in vineyards all over the district, and have questioned whether this was safe in the current climate. . .