Tags : Agriculture

Flood recovery given further assistance

The Government is contributing a further $1m to help the flood battered Buller community, Acting Emergency Management Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. “Buller is a small community which has found itself suddenly facing significant and ongoing welfare costs. While many emergency welfare costs are reimbursed by Government, this money will be made available to the […]readmore

Government commits $600,000 to flood recovery

The Government is contributing $600,000 to help residents affected by the weekend’s violent weather with recovery efforts. Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have been in the Buller district this afternoon to assess flood damage and support the local response effort. They have announced an initial contribution of $300,000 […]readmore

Major investment in plantain forage programme aims to improve freshwater

The Government is backing a major programme investigating plantain’s potential to help farmers protect waterways and improve freshwater quality, Acting Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri announced at Fieldays today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures (SFFF) fund is contributing $8.98 million to the $22.23 million seven-year programme, which aims to deliver a low-cost forage solution to nitrate […]readmore

Border class exceptions approved for more farm workers and vets

The Government has approved border class exceptions for an additional 200 dairy workers and 50 veterinarians to enter New Zealand, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “It is clear from conversations with the dairy and veterinarian sectors that they are facing workforce pressures. These border exceptions will go a long way towards relieving those pressures,” Damien […]readmore

Budget boost to tackle on-farm emissions

$37 million towards national integrated farm planning system for farmers and growers. ·         $24 million towards agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation research and development. ·         $900,000 to collect vital statistics on agricultural production, such as greenhouse gas emissions. The Government is backing initiatives to help reduce costs for farmers and growers, boost returns, and help achieve lower on-farm […]readmore

Honey exporters busy meeting surging demand

Overseas consumers eager for natural products in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped boost honey export revenue by 20 percent to $425 million in the year to June 30, 2020, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says. “The results from the latest Ministry for Primary Industries’ 2020 Apiculture Monitoring Report highlight the potential for honey and other natural […]readmore

New Year border exception for seasonal workers in the horticulture

2000 additional RSE workers to enter New Zealand early next year ·         employers must pay these workers at least $22.10 an hour ·         employers will cover costs of managed isolation for the RSE workers ·         RSE workers will be paid the equivalent of 30 hours work a week while in isolation ·         countries sending RSE workers must have agreed […]readmore

New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA).  It aims to […]readmore

Primary sector exports and jobs up again

Primary sector exports and jobs are up again, demonstrating the sector’s underlying strength amid the COVID-19 global pandemic and US-China trade war, and supporting New Zealand’s economic recovery. Stats NZ today reported New Zealand’s merchandise exports in August were up 8.6% on a year ago, driven by an increase in the value of our fruit […]readmore

Reducing costs for farmers and growers

$50 million investment to create single farm planning to streamline compliance Reducing costs for farmers and growers Creating greater returns for farmers Supporting a transition to a clean, green carbon neutral New Zealand Labour will support farmers and growers to get greater returns for their hard work by committing an initial $50 million to support […]readmore