Slow down! – Dairy News:
The latest Federated Farmers survey of farmer confidence paints a worrying picture.
Of the 1,200 surveyed, 47% consider current economic conditions to be bad — down 55.6 points since January when a net 7.8% considered conditions to be good. A net 80% expect general economic conditions to get worse — up 16.9 points for the same period.
The survey conducted last month showed production expectations have dropped into negative territory for the first time since its inception in 2009.
The message from farmers to the Government is clear, ‘slow down on new regulations’. . .
Fears that Three Waters could pit hort against urban needs – Business Desk:
The horticulture industry is worried that Three Waters reforms will direct entities to secure the cheapest water supply for urban areas at the expense of food security.
The reforms in the Water Services Entities Bill would establish four water service entities that will take fresh water, wastewater and stormwater functions off local government. It recently came under fire from the auditor-general for being weak on public accountability.
Horticulture NZ spokesperson Michelle Sands told Parliament’s finance and expenditure committee that most horticulture is situated near urban areas and therefore shares water catchments with urban communities.
In its written submission, Horticulture NZ says over 80% of vegetable production is consumed in NZ, with much of the export crop heading for the Pacific Islands. Many fruit crops are also grown for domestic consumption. . .
Ideology out of control as policy decided on the hoof – Allan Barber:
Pastoral farming is coming under continual pressure from all sides.
It seems as though another piece of bureaucratic ideology directed at the agricultural sector emerges every week.
The latest one, at least at the time of writing, is the recently amended National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB), and more specifically the proposed classification of Significant Natural Areas (SNA) under the legislation.
Not content with this, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and Minister of Economic Development Stuart Nash are now reconsidering their previous decision to drop exotic forests from the permanent category of the Emissions Trading Scheme, saying these are now “unlikely” to be excluded. . .
Don’t point the finger at farmers – Glenys Christian:
Farmers should not focus on the negative but sort out some red flags for the industry. Glenys Christian reports.
New Zealand agriculture does not need to be turned on its head, Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) chief executive, Dr Alison Stewart told the recent Primary Industries Summit in Auckland.
But anyone watching television and scrolling through social media would get the impression it was “totally stuffed”.
“Why doesn’t NZ like what we’re doing in agriculture at the moment?,” she asked. It went back to the 1980s when Government deregulation and reforms “threw everyone up in the air” meaning a survive-or-die choice was faced. So farmers intensified their focus and efficiency of scale and transitioned away from mixed farming. The results were silos of intensive monocultures, where “dairying bubbled up to the surface”. . .
Crooks in the back blocks – Lynda Gray :
Rural crime is an increasing problem as more people struggle financially and illicit drug dealing becomes more widespread, Lynda Gray reports.
The increase in the incidence and frequency of known and suspected rural crime is borne out by last year’s Federated Farmers survey. The 2021 survey answered by 1200 Feds members showed more than half (52%) of the respondents had experienced or suspected they had been the target of rural crime.
That’s a 10% increase from the previous survey in 2016. Over the same period the frequency of rural crime increased with 37% reporting two or more incidents compared to 22% in 2016.
The stats will come as no surprise but raises the questions of what’s driving it, and what steps farmers can take to keep livestock, property and themselves safe from criminal harm. . .
A New Zealand wool product will be making its way into space later this month, as part of NASA’s mission to the moon.
An Orion spacecraft will launch on an unmanned test flight on 30 August ahead of scheduled manned missions.
On board for the ride will be Kiwi company Lanaco’s filters made from New Zealand sheep wool.
Lanaco founder Nick Davenport said it was the same technology as in the company’s personal protective equipment, face masks and home air purifiers. . .