Farming News

New Egyptian halal accreditation could affect NZ export market

Dairy and meat exporters to Egypt will have to gain halal accreditation from just one new company approved by its government, which critics worry will have a “chilling” effect on future trade. ‘IS EG Halal’ was established by the Egyptian Government as the state entity responsible for halal certification of all animal products imported and […]

Growers nervous of labour shortages despite imminent arrival of RSE workers

The arrival of seasonal workers from next week gives growers some certainty, but they fear the upcoming season will still be a big challenge. Seasonal workers arriving from the Pacific Islands next week will be able to skip MIQ and go to work during their isolation period. Vaccinated workers from Vanuatu can come in from […]

Spat Hatchery Business for the Eastern Bay Of Plenty

Press Release: Te Whanau-a-Apanui Te Whānau-ā-Apanui and Aotearoa Mussel Limited have joined forces to build a land-based mussel spat hatchery in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, to enhance New Zealand’s growing aquaculture industry. Te Whānau-ā-Apanui will invest $1.2million in a research and development programme with support from Callaghan Innovation. The programme is scheduled to commence […]

One-way quarantine-free travel for RSE workers to commence in October

The first stage of one-way quarantine-free travel with Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu will commence in October, initially for RSE workers from those countries, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “We want to provide certainty to the horticulture industry that we are moving forward with safe quarantine-free travel for RSE […]

NZ beef demand to remain strong

Beef farmers across New Zealand and enjoying strong prices, currently sitting 10% above the five-year average. New Zealand beef exports for the first half of 2021 were 3% ahead of 2020 volumes. While volumes to the US and Canada were down 26% and 56% respectively, exports to China rose strongly and were up by 21% […]

Govt backing $5 million project to develop robotic asparagus harvester

The Government is backing a $5 million project to develop a commercial-scale autonomous robotic asparagus harvester, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund (SFF Futures) is contributing $2.6 million to the project. Project partner Robotics Plus Limited (RPL) will build on a prototype asparagus harvesting robot developed by Waikato […]

Scholarship Gives Young People Boost Into Beekeeping Career

Young people interested in a beekeeping career are being encouraged to apply for the annual Ron Mossop Youth Scholarship, sponsored by Mossop’s Honey and Apiculture New Zealand. The scholarship was set up three years ago as a way of giving young people the best possible start in the apiculture industry. The scholarship includes $2000 to […]

New Zealand beef genetics to receive $16.7m injection – Beef and Lamb New Zealand

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) are partnering in a new $16.7 million beef genetics programme, with the potential to boost the sector’s profits by $460 million over the next 25 years. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is co-investing in the seven-year partnership through its Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund. The programme will […]

Kiwifruit smuggler ordered to pay Zespri $12 million after unsuccessful appeal

A former kiwifruit grower who smuggled cuttings of Zespri’s prized gold variety to China has been ordered to pay the kiwifruit exporter more than $12 million after an unsuccessful appeal. Zespri claimed Gao’s agreement to supply the cuttings was an infringement of its rights under the Plant Varieties Rights Act. Zespri initially sought $30m damages […]

New business formed for innovative fruits

Fruit marketer T&G Global is starting a new business to commercialise innovative fruits, and expects to launch 50 new varieties in the next five years, including a yellow raspberry. The business, VentureFruit, will invest with breeding organisations and research institutes and lead the commercialisation of new varieties. Developing new varieties of fruit can take about […]