Australia is providing financial incentives to lure New Zealand immigrant dairy workers across the Tasman.
Southland Federated Farmers sharemilker chairman Jason Herrick said the incentives amounted to thousands of dollars, including relocation costs and bonuses for staying in jobs at least eight weeks.
And they will be re-united with family currently still overseas.
Herrick said immigrant workers on his farm were telling him almost daily of workers leaving New Zealand – although he acknowledged that had slowed a bit with Covid-19 issues. . .
Water reforms could heavily impact rural New Zealand – Annette Scott:
The Government’s intention to reform local government water services into multi-regional entities has the potential to impact heavily on rural communities.
In July 2020, the Government launched the Three Waters Reform programme, a three-year programme to address the challenges facing council-owned and operated three water services.
Government is proposing to establish four publicly-owned entities to take responsibility for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure across New Zealand. The Government has considered the evidence and proposes that four large water entities will create an affordable system that ensures secure delivery of safe drinking water and resilient wastewater and stormwater systems.
At present, 67 councils provide most of the country’s three waters services. . .
Water reform details scarce – Neal Wallace:
District councils are questioning the lack of detail with the Government’s Three Waters reforms, but are so far reserving judgement.
Its proposal creates four publicly-owned water companies to manage drinking, waste and stormwater assets, along with debt appropriated from 67 councils.
Mayors are frustrated the Government is not listening to their concerns, evident by being given just eight weeks to provide feedback on the proposals.
Other concerns included consultation, the speed of the reforms, local input into the new entity’s decisions, asset valuation, what happens to councils who decline to join the new entities and how communities decide whether or not to be involved. . .
Spring lambing percentages expected to dip – David Hill:
Spring lamb numbers are expected to be down around the region.
North Canterbury scanning contractor Daniel Wheeler said scanning results had been mixed around the region and the season’s drought had taken its toll.
The Amberley-based contractor pregnancy scanned ewes in the North Canterbury and Ellesmere areas.
He estimated scanning percentages were down about 10 to 20%. . .
Fruit and vegetable producer and marketer T&G Global is launching a new business to develop and commercialise new fruit varieties.
The new company called VentureFruit will focus on new varieties of boysenberries, blackberries, blueberries, hybrid berries and other fruit trees.
Coinciding with its launch, VentureFruit has signed two key partnerships. It is co-investing alongside science organisation Plant & Food Research in a range of new berries, of which VentureFruit will be the exclusive global commercialisation partner.
In addition, it is also partnering with Plant IP Partners to test and evaluate new varieties of apples which have been bred in New Zealand. . .
Sheep farmers are being encouraged to get behind next month’s Love Lamb Week to help promote the sector to the general public.
The UK sheep sector is preparing to celebrate another Love Lamb Week at the beginning of September following a year of market turbulence.
Farmers are being encouraged to spur on their local community to get involved in promotional activities for the annual campaign.
Now in its seventh year, Love Lamb Week, running from 1 to 7 September, encourages the domestic consumption of UK lamb at its peak season of availability. . .