Appeal Sought Against GE ‘Golden Rice’

Press Release – GE Free NZ

Appeal Sought Against GE ‘Golden Rice’ GE Free NZ is considering legal avenues to appeal the approval of GE rice by FSANZ and the Minister for Food Safety. GE Free NZ met with the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to raise concerns over the total … Read more »

Opotiki kiwifruit growers win BOP Ballance Farm Awards

Press Release – Farm Environment Trust

Kiwifruit growers Mark and Catriona White and their Coastal Kiwis orchard have won the Bay of Plenty Ballance Farm Environment Awards. Read more »

Seeka annual profit falls 44% on lower kiwifruit volumes

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 23 (BusinessDesk) – Seeka posted a 44 percent decline in annual profit as Australasia’s biggest kiwifruit grower booked a $2 million charge on its banana sourcing unit while managing a decline in kiwifruit volumes. Read more »

Comvita swings to first-half profit

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 23 (BusinessDesk) – Comvita, the mnuka honey company, swung to a first-half profit on strong sales growth and a recovery in the “grey” or informal sales channel into China and reiterated its full-year earnings guidance despite bad … Read more »

Ruatoria company to export medical cannabis worth $160m

Press Release – Hikurangi Cannabis Company

Hikurangi Cannabis Company, a medical cannabis venture based in Ruatoria, has signed a Letter of Intent with Seattle-based Rhizo Sciences to produce 3,000kg of pharmaceutical grade cannabis products next year, rising to 12,000kg by 2021. Read more »

Mackenzie Basin Agency Alignment review report released

Press Release – Environment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury has today released a report commissioned by the five agencies with statutory responsibility for land and water management in the iconic Mackenzie Basin. Read more »

Drought recovery focuses on feed

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Hon Damien OConnor Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities 16 February 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT Rain has brought relief to some drought-affected regions but farmers need to carefully review their feed budgets and plans for winter, says Agriculture … Read more »

Developing future Māori leaders in land-based industries

Press Release – Ngai Tahu

Whenua Ora, an innovative new national engagement programme for young Mori was launched in Christchurch earlier this week. The programme aims to inspire young Mori to become agribusiness leaders by marketing and promoting land-based career options … Read more »

Drought, disruption undermines farmers’ confidence

Press Release – Federated Farmers

A marked drop in farmer optimism and growing concern about the ability to recruit suitable staff are stand-out features of the Federated Farmers Mid-Season Farm Confidence Survey. Read more »

Regulator asks how gene-edited food should be treated

Press Release – Science Media Centre

Planning for future GM foods coming down the line, the food safety regulator, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for suggestions for how it should consider applications for foods that have been made using new genetic techniques … Read more »

Calling Coromandel exhibitors for Auckland Food Show 2018

Press Release – Thames Coromandel District Council

If you’ve got your own local, homegrown artisan food or beverage products and want the opportunity to promote your wares to more than 30,000 people – we want to hear from you. Read more »

Lowest annual increase in food prices since April 2017

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Food prices increased 0.8 percent in the year to January 2018, Stats NZ said today. This was the smallest annual increase in food prices since April 2017. Read more »

PM’s prize focuses on the value of science in horticulture

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

The Plant & Food Research team that took on the devastating Psa-V disease and won, are the deserving recipients of the Prime Ministers top science prize, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says. Read more »

PNG Coffee goes places — from Helsinki to Rarotonga

Press Release – Pacific Trade Invest

Patrick Killoran is one of Pacific Trade Invest New Zealands colourful clients. The tall gangly Australian has been operating his coffee business in Mt Hagen, Papua New Guinea for several years. But in the past two or three years, he has stepped … Read more »

NZ Prime Minister recognises science that saved kiwifruit

Press Release – Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research is proud to be the recipient of this years Prime Ministers Science Prize for its rapid response to the vine-killing kiwifruit disease Psa. Read more »

Keep sending shiploads of BMSB packing

Press Release – Kiwifruit Vine Health Inc.

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) Chief Executive, Barry ONeil, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) should be congratulated for taking the right action in turning back ships that have arrived at our ports carrying hundreds of unwanted pests. Over … Read more »

Labour’s 100 days fails farmers

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

Labours first 100 days in Government has earnt it a dismal report card as far as farmers are concerned, Nationals Primary Industries spokesperson Nathan Guy says. Read more »

BOP business fined $12,000 for poor employment practises

Press Release – MBIE

A Labour Inspectorate investigation has found Ahead Limited, a business that provides labour to kiwifruit businesses, made several breaches to employment law. Read more »

NZ needs more water storage in a changing climate

Press Release – Irrigation NZ

The importance of water storage in helping provide a reliable supply of water for urban communities, and for food and energy production in a changing climate needs to be recognised, says IrrigationNZ. Read more »

NZ’s first avocado shipment arrives safely into China

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

The first airfreighted consignment of fresh New Zealand avocados has arrived safely into China, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said today. Read more »

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