Against the odds, exports of NZ’s primary produce have increased by $7.5 billion over the last two years and now stand at $45.7b for the year ended June 2019.
Last week Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admitted things could have been done better.
She and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor unveiled new initiatives designed to make it easier for farmers to claim compensation and to give them more support.
These include an online tool to calculate milk production losses, a simpler form to lodge a compensation claim and the funding of a DairyNZ/Beef + LambNZ compensation assistance team to help farmers with their claims.
Of NZ’s 24,000 farms, 74 have been infected with M. bovis and 36 destocked and cleared of the disease.
Ardern says the new initiatives will help farmers and their families hit by the disease to move on and get back in business.
Eradicating the disease is still a priority.