Flood clean up under way
The Ashburton River has been neglected and that has compounded flooding damage, Mid Canterbury farmer and Environment Canterbury (ECan) councillor Ian Mackenzie says.“It is fair to say the Ashburton River has been neglected by the regional council in terms of maintenance, which has exacerbated some flooding damage,” Mackenzie said.
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CCC report keeps pressure on ag
The Climate Change Commission’s final report to the Government released on Wednesday has not given agriculture any slack in making its initial greenhouse gas reduction goal of 13% less emissions by 2030.
ANZCO performs well despite covid
Meat processor and exporter ANZCO Foods lifted after-tax profit by 30% to $28.2 million in the 2020 financial and calendar year, despite turnover falling 10% to $1.53 billion.
Sheep levy increase proposed
Sheep farmers will be asked to pay an extra 5 cents a head from October 1 under proposed new Beef + Lamb NZ (B+LNZ) levies, although the beef levy will remain the same.The industry good organisation is required to hold a referendum every six years on its levies and the latest vote, which is now open, is asking for approval on an increase in the sheepmeat levy from 70c to 75c a head, while beef would stay at $5.40/head.
Hort hit by ongoing shipping delays
Shipping issues that plagued exporters over summer appear to have worsened for the horticulture season.Port congestion, vessels bypassing New Zealand ports or NZ all together as they try to recover schedules, and a shortage of containers, especially reefer, are now creating difficulties for fruit and vegetable exporters.
Hemp industry told to build partnerships
Find trusted partners through the supply chain and put the customer at the core of everything.That is the advice New Zealand Merino (NZM) marketing and development manager Hadleigh Smith has for the hemp industry as it looks to capitalise on the worldwide megatrends around heath and sustainability.In many ways, the industry is at the same point the fine wool industry was 20 years ago, before it embarked on its own and partnered with companies such as Icebreaker and Swanndri.