Rural News with Farm Source

04/11/2017

Sunday 5 November
Our supply of fresh fruit and vegetables is falling short and there are warnings it could dampen the availability of domestically grown food in the future. Horticulture New Zealand says  extreme weather events and urban development is creating the perfect storm for supply. Chief Executive Mike Chapman says supply is being damaged, hiking up prices of fresh healthy food and veges grown in New Zealand.

A Cambridge composting company has been charged more than 60-thousand-dollars for illegally dumping waste into a stream. Remediation NZ Limited was found to have been discharging chicken manure and green waste leachate from its facilities into the stream connected to the Waikato River. The company used a trailer-mounted pump to pump out nearly two million litres of leachate, which contain high levels of e.coli. It’s the company’s second Environmental offence.

The Merino Company is excited by the sale of New Zealand clothing company Icebreaker. It's now being sold to American clothing giant VF Corporation which also owns "Smartwool" The Merino Company's John Brakenridge says Icebreaker alone buys 25 percent of the country's merino wool. He says building increased awareness of merino apparel is an exciting new development for the industry.

Meanwhile, the Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand is determined to overcome challenges the industry is facing It’s just invested three-million-dollars into new research projects. Chairman Derrick Millton says exports fell 28percent in the June year as China reduces its demand, bringing down prices. He says animal advocacy group PETA’s latest anti wool campaign has also been a challenge. But the industry will keep promoting the value of wool as a natural 21st century fibre, and the high animal welfare standards we hold.

Fonterra is setting its sights across the ditch, with a one-hundred-million-dollar plant expansion. But it wants to take that a step further, and establish an Australian co-op. The investment will add another 500-million-litres in milk capacity, after their already established plants were running at full volume of two-billion-litres a year.

Saturday 4 November
National has announced its opposition shadow portfolios with a few surprises thrown into the mix. Taranaki King Country MP Barbara Kuriger has been nominated the spokesperson for Biosecurity and Rural Communities. Nick Smith, no surprises is Primary Industries spokesman.Meanwhile Gerry Brownlee has been appointed land information and Simon Bridges economic and regional development and Todd McClay’s still on trade, but Nick Smith’s been dumped from the environment portfolio, and shafted to forestry and aquaculture.

Fonterra is setting its sights across the ditch, with a one-hundred-million-dollar plant expansion. But it wants to take that a step further, and establish an Australian co-op. The investment will add another 500-million-litres in milk capacity, after their already established plants were running at full volume of two-billion-litres a year.

Velvet prices are up at least 15 percent at the close of last season, spelling good news for deer farmers. Deer Industry New Zealand Asia market manager Rhys Griffiths says regulation changes in China last season lead to buyers losing confidence. But when some buyers who held off purchasing nearly missed out on Velvet, they learnt a lesson. He says it means companies in China and Korea are now actively buying it to make sure they get the velvet they need.

The Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand is funding more than three-million-dollars in new projects. One includes a new test to trace the origin of wool. Other projects include developing a New Zealand Certificate in Crossbred Wool Handling…. looking for new high value and volume uses for coarse wool…. and creating the world’s most breathable filters.

Entries for The Dairy Industry awards are now open online. Categories include Share Farmer of the Year, Dairy Manager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year. Early bird entries before the ninth of November go in the draw to  win a share of nine- grand  in travel vouchers.

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