Zespri to re-pack and release fruit after clearance

Article – BusinessDesk

April 29 (BusinessDesk) – Zespri International will re-pack and release the 1.7 million trays of kiwifruit it placed on hold this month, saying they pose no danger to consumers. Read more »

Horticulture Welcomes Dam Progress

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

Horticulture New Zealand has welcomed the announcement of the progress made in funding for the Ruataniwha Dam project in Hawkes Bay. The horticulture industry is reliant on sensible management of freshwater in New Zealand and the provision of water for … Read more »

World Hot Sauce Award winners making Northland ‘Hot’

Press Release – Northland Inc

Two 2016 World Hot Sauce Award winners are making Northland hot for more than its climate, and they are to be congratulated for their success in the American-based competition, says Northland Inc Business Growth Manager David Templeton. Read more »

Farming salaries holding firm despite tough conditions

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Dry stock farmers salaries have seen strong growth in the last year, according to Federated Farmers and Rabobanks 2015/2016 employee remuneration report. Read more »

Seeka leads industry in developing oil contamination test

Press Release – Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Ltd

Te Puke, April 22 – Seeka Kiwifruit Industries, working in conjunction with Zespri, has led the way in developing a non-invasive UV testing technology to check trays of export kiwifruit potentially affected by lubricant oil contamination. Seeka is … Read more »

Prime Minister launches Zespri’s 2016 season in China

Press Release – Zespri

Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key officially launched the 2016 season for Zespri in China at an event last night, marking a new phase for Zespris China Strategy. Read more »

Zespri indicates early profit range for 2017 season

Article – BusinessDesk

April 21 (BusinessDesk) – Kiwifruit marketer Zespri International has indicated an after-tax profit of $25 million to $30 million for the 2017 financial year, excluding revenue from the release of 400 hectares of Gold3 licence being tendered next month. Read more »

Bottled water concerns misplaced

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The call from opposition parties for a moratorium or a new tax on consents for bottled water plants is typically uninformed and scientifically unsound in respect of dealing with the challenges New Zealand has in freshwater management, says Environment Minister … Read more »

Global demand for New Zealand wine tipped to grow in 2016

Press Release – Rabobank

Global demand for New Zealand wine tipped to grow in 2016 with larger producers set to take advantage Read more »

Water Exporters Should Pay a Royalty

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

It is economic folly and a slap in the face to New Zealanders for mainly foreign-owned companies to be allowed to export our water and sell it at a profit, when the nation receives nothing in return, says New Zealand First. Read more »

Farmers’ urged to make their voices heard at local elections

Press Release – Federated Farmers

With local authority elections less than six months away, Federated Farmers is urging farmers to get engaged and involved. Read more »

Changes to Food Licensing Fees And Charges

Press Release – Stratford District Council

The Food Act 2014 came into effect on 1 March 2016. Stratford District Council heard and considered submissions to its Food Act 2014 Fees and Charges, at the Policy and Services Committee Meeting on Tuesday 12 April. Two submissions were received. Read more »

AsureQuality partners with France’s Bureau Veritas

Article – BusinessDesk

April 18 (BusinessDesk) – AsureQuality, the state-owned food safety and biosecurity services firm, has teamed up with French testing and inspection group Bureau Veritas to buy out its partners in Australia’s Dairy Technical Services for an undisclosed … Read more »

Sustainable Farming Fund projects announced

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

Today the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has announced a $6.9 million investment over three years in to 25 new projects through the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF). Read more »

English on the Money – Rural Contractors

Press Release – Rural Contractors NZ

Rural Contractors NZ (RCNZ) president Steve Levet says comments made by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English in relation to the suitability and work ethic of some young New Zealanders is, unfortunately, correct. Read more »

Council will submit on freshwater

Press Release – Gisborne District Council

Council will submit on freshwater Gisborne District Council will put forward a submission to national freshwater reforms before submissions close on 22 April 2016. Read more »

NZ food prices rise 0.5% in March, driven by cauliflowers

Article – BusinessDesk

April 13 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand food prices rose in March, led by vegetables such as cauliflowers and lettuce, while lamb led a decline in prices of meat, poultry and fish. Read more »

Farmers urged to remain on lookout for late velvetleaf

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is urging farmers to remain vigilant in their management of the velvetleaf pest plant. Read more »

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council must dump the dam

Press Release – Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Hawkes Bay Regional Council and its investment arm HBRIC to stop pumping public money into the Ruataniwha Dam, and call the project off. Read more »

Cauliflower prices at record high

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Food prices rose 0.5 percent in March 2016, Statistics New Zealand said today. This was influenced by rises across a range of vegetables, including record high prices for cauliflower. After adjusting for seasonal effects, food prices rose 0.8 percent. Read more »

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