Trade will feed the world

Globalisation is the only way to feed 9.6 billion people by 2050 with a healthy diet on a healthy planet, says a global food expert.

 
Tony and Afsaneh Howey take their organic blackcurrant business, ViBERi, to the public at the recent Go Green expo in Christchurch. Photo: Rural News Group.

While conventional growers would aim for a yield of about 10t/ha, Tony Howey aims for about 5t/ha.

 
Ian Yule is behind a new research initiative for horticulture in Bay of Plenty with the formation of the PlantTech Research Institute at Tauranga.

A major research initiative in horticulture is underway in Bay of Plenty with the formation of the PlantTech Research Institute at Tauranga.

Ohakune commercial vegetable growers Bruce and Stephanie Rollinson.

Consumers’ demands are driving the way Ohakune commercial vegetable growers Bruce and Stephanie Rollinson produce and package their Brussel sprouts and parsnips.

Singaporean blockchain entrepeneur Gary Loh was a keynote speaker at this year’s PMA A-NZ HortConnections conference in Melbourne held in July.

New Zealand and Australia have done “wonderful work” in their produce industries.  But after it leaves the farm or orchard it can get into the “messy middle”, says Gary Loh, a Singapore blockchain entrepreneur.

Hawke's Bay's apple industry will spend $30 million on building accommodation totalling 1500 beds for RSE (recognised seasonal employment) workers.

The worker scheme known as Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE) last year benefitted the Pacific Islands by at least $50 million, says Horticulture New Zealand (HNZ).

The term convenience store has taken on a whole new meaning, says the globe trotting, food trend superstar Professor David Hughes.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor wants the horticulture sector to look at developing the feijoa into a “fruit of the future”.

Farmers say they recognise they have ultimate responsibility of stock traceability, and want the National Animal Identification and Traceability system (NAIT) to work.

A robotic feed pusher installed on a South Island dairy farm is reportedly increasing production and offering significant labour savings.

 

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