Tag: Horticulture

Horticulture Welcomes Decision To Allow Biological Control

Press Release – Horticulture NZ Horticulture New Zealand welcomes a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority to allow the release of a bug which will act as a natural control against the devastating Tomato Potato Psyllid.Horticulture Welcomes Decision To Allow Biological Control Horticulture New Zealand welcomes a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority to allow the release of a bug which will act as a natural control against the devastating Tomato Potato Psyllid. The application to release Tamarixia was made by HortNZ on behalf of industry groups including Potatoes New Zealand, Tomatoes NZ, Vegetables New Zealand, the NZ Tamarillo...

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Fieldays 2016 launch addresses collaboration in industry

Press Release – National Fieldays With only 70 days to go till the gates open on the Southern Hemispheres largest ag event, NZ National Agricultural Fieldays 2016 officially launched this morning with a function at Mystery Creek to celebrate collaboration in industry, centring … MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday 6 April 2016 For immediate release [STARTS] Fieldays® 2016 launch addresses collaboration in industry With only 70 days to go till the gates open on the Southern Hemisphere’s largest ag event, NZ National Agricultural Fieldays® 2016 officially launched this morning with a function at Mystery Creek to celebrate collaboration in industry, centring on Fieldays’ theme Collaborate to Accelerate Innovation. The Fieldays 2016 theme highlights and celebrates New Zealand’s culture of working together in the rural sector in order to advance agriculture, both domestically and around the world, says NZ National Fieldays Society™ CEO Peter Nation. “Forty-eight years ago there was a group of visionaries in the Waikato that decided to bring urban and country folk together to enable the advancement of agriculture,” says Nation. “I’m sure they’d be very proud of what Fieldays has become. But we must not rest on our quest to promote agriculture within our communities, within New Zealand and around the world.” “By bringing all facets of the agricultural industry together in one place over four days, Fieldays is the platform on which everyone can meet and foster...

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Horticulture Welcomes TPP Signing

Press Release – Horticulture NZ New Zealands peak body for commercial fruit and vegetable growers, Horticulture New Zealand, has welcomed the official New Zealand signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement today. Horticulture is New Zealands fourth largest export earner, sending …Horticulture Welcomes TPP Signing New Zealand’s peak body for commercial fruit and vegetable growers, Horticulture New Zealand, has welcomed the official New Zealand signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement today. Horticulture is New Zealand’s fourth largest export earner, sending fresh and processed products to more than 120 countries, valued at more than $2.5 billion every year. The estimated saving for nine key product lines (kiwifruit, apples, avocado, buttercup squash, capsicum, cherries, onions, potatoes and vegetable juices) is just over $25 million a year for the growers now exporting these products to Japan, the USA and Vietnam. The most critical result in the deal for New Zealand horticulture exporters is the reduction of tariffs to Japan. Japan is New Zealand horticulture’s third largest market. “The reduction and eventual removal of these tariffs doesn’t just mean savings for growers exporting now, but it means the products they export in the future will be more competitively priced and able to challenge the offerings from other countries,” HortNZ chief executive Mike Chapman says. “Market access is an issue that never goes away for horticulture. So an agreement like this is overwhelmingly...

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Poll shows farmers expect more tough times in 2016

Press Release – Federated Farmers Many farmers have weathered difficult conditions in 2015 and the majority see no relief coming in the New Year, according to a poll conducted by Federated Farmers.Poll shows farmers expect more tough times in 2016 Many farmers have weathered difficult conditions in 2015 and the majority see no relief coming in the New Year, according to a poll conducted by Federated Farmers. Over 1,100 members were surveyed in the run up to Christmas, with 52% saying they expect market conditions to stay the same. Only 29% predict improving conditions, with 19% forecasting worse times to come. Confidence is greatest among dairy farmers, who are continuing to battle low milk prices. 41% of the dairy farmers surveyed are forecasting improved market conditions compared with 29% overall, 19% for the meat and fibre industry and 17% among arable farmers. “Despite low interest rates and international wins such as TPP, agreement at the WTO to abolish export subsidies and the prioritisation of food production at the COP21 climate change talks that will deliver long term benefits, 2015 will be remembered as a year of low milk prices and adverse events such as droughts and floods that have impacted farmers’ bottom lines and put New Zealand’s biggest sector under enormous pressure,” says Federated Farmers President Dr William Rolleston. “It is encouraging to see relatively higher levels of optimism...

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Poll shows 83% satisfaction with Key Government in 2015

Press Release – Federated Farmers A poll from Federated Farmers shows 83% satisfaction with the performance of the National-led government among the countrys farmers.Poll shows 83% satisfaction with Key Government in 2015 A poll from Federated Farmers shows 83% satisfaction with the performance of the National-led government among the country’s farmers. Over 1,100 members were surveyed in the run up to Christmas, with only 17% dissatisfied with the performance of the Key government in 2015. “Farmers generally look for governments to manage the economy well, drive positive change on international trade and make pragmatic decisions in other areas, and that’s exactly what we’ve seen this year from Prime Minister Key and his government,” says Federated Farmers President Dr William Rolleston. “83% satisfaction looks spot on when you look at the level of interest rates and key international wins such as TPP, the Paris Climate Change Talks and the WTO’s recent abolition of export tariffs. These are all good outcomes for farmers and stand to enhance New Zealand’s export earnings for many years to come.” While the new emissions reduction targets and weight of developing country support grabbed the headlines around the Paris Agreement, the signing of COP21 was also a significant outcome for farming with recognition that emissions reductions must be weighed up against the food supply required to feed a rapidly growing global population. “This is recognition we...

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