Drought in rural South Auckland pushing up food prices, growers say – Stephen Forbes:
Vegetable growers in Auckland’s rural south say drought conditions are playing havoc with their day-to-day operations and will only add to increased prices for consumers.
It follows the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) declaring the drought a “medium-scale adverse event” in south Auckland and the Waikato on Monday, along with a support package for affected farmers and growers.
South Auckland’s horticulture industry is centred on the Pukekohe Hub, 4359 hectares of some of New Zealand’s most fertile and productive land.
According to Auckland Council’s Climate Action Framework released in 2019 it generates $327 million a year, which is the equivalent of 26 percent of NZ’s total domestic value of vegetable production. . .
Pig farmers say the industry is in crisis, with some fearing they’ll have to kill and dump animals as the pork market falls apart.
Mass imports at cheap prices, along with the pandemic fallout has seen demand for local products all but stop.
Pig farmer Hamish Mee and his wife Vicki are preparing for the worst.
An order for 219 pigs to leave their Methven farm on Sunday . .
It has been dubbed the “little butchery in the middle of nowhere” – a traditional German sausage outlet that is stopping traffic in remote North Taranaki.
Bratwurst Bros has set up shop alongside State Highway 3 at Urutī – just under an hour’s drive from New Plymouth.
Urutī – population 800 – is less a settlement than a valley that offers motorists a rare opportunity to pass on this stretch of SH3.
Only about 2000 vehicles pass through on an average day. . .
Hopes are high for the return of competitive shearing events after two years of Covid-19 restrictions saw all but 14 events abandoned last season.
Organisers are confident they can go ahead with all 59 shearing sports competitions this season, which runs from October to April.
New Zealand shearing legend Sir David Fagan, who’s also the chairman of Shearing Sports NZ, said spots were also up for grabs to represent the country at the Royal Highland Show in Scotland next year.
“The places in the team up for grabs are two machine shearers, blades shearers and two woolhandlers in the Wools of New Zealand team,” he said. . .
A New Zealand milk producer is calling for the Government to standardise kerbside recycling across the country, while sparing thousands of tonnes of packaging from going to landfill.
Otis, the New Zealand oat milk producer, says currently what is accepted for recycling in Hamilton is different to Dunedin, or Invercargill, Auckland or Wellington. The business says standardisation will provide greater clarity to New Zealanders and increase recycling habits.
The Kiwi start-up highlights most plant-based milks like Otis are packaged in Liquid Paper board packaging (LPB, commonly known as Tetra Pak) which has been excluded from the Government’s proposed kerbside recycling plan despite being shown to be the lowest carbon packaging option available, and capable of being made completely free of fossil fuels.
Hayley Pardoe, Otis head of marketing and sustainability, believes the Government’s recycling proposal needs to set the course for how we manage packaging resources through our economy for the coming next decades, yet some of the plan is at odds with the low carbon, circular future that New Zealanders are demanding. . .