Helius on investment high

The slow pace of the Government enacting new cannabis laws is not slowing down the plans for Auckland firm Helius Therapeutics with the company securing $15 million in funding from a New Zealand rich lister.

Biosecurity is a community effort

Iwi, schools, communities and businesses have united in Bay of Plenty to form the country’s first biosecurity coalition, aimed at increasing individual responsibility for keeping pests and diseases beyond the country’s borders.

Our gene tech laws lack clarity

Gaps, ambiguities and complexities in legislation need clarity for researchers and companies before they can come to grips with opportunities presented by new gene-editing technology, Otago University expert Dr Julie Everett-Hincks says.

Fruit drives export rise

Primary sector exports will rise $1 billion this financial year driven by a 13% rise in horticulture receipts bolstered by a massive 23% gain from kiwifruit.

PGW predicts steady year for performance

Business has picked up for PGG Wrightson after a late start to spring and the group expects similar operating earnings this June 30 financial year as it had in the latest year.

Author acknowledges farming's climate change burden

The inequity of New Zealand’s rural sector struggling with drastic methane reductions and lowered farm incomes to meet urgent global warming targets has been acknowledged by a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Last-gasp deal likely, Grant says

It could all happen at the eleventh hour but New Zealand’s red meat sector Brexit representative believes agreement will be reached for an orderly exit of Britain from the European Union.

Few details on water restoration

Agriculture is foremost in the Government’s sights in plans to improve freshwater quality but the document announcing it last week is light on detail and big on lofty goals.

MIA: Govt a risk to meat sector

Meat processors and exporters have strengthened their market positions and improved efficiencies during a year of good returns, the Meat Industry Association says.

“Prices have been firm to stable for the past few years,” chairman John Loughlin and chief executive Tim Ritchie said in the annual report.

Big changes coming

Farming will change fundamentally if new freshwater quality management rules restricting intensive winter grazing and fertiliser use are introduced.