Regional Horticultural Careers Co-coordinator Emma Boase.

Opening the gateway to new career and education opportunities in New Zealand’s booming apple and pear industry is underway with one of the first new Regional Career Coordinators based in Hawke’s Bay this week.

Ploughing in the mist

Heavy fog added to the atmosphere of the 64th National Ploughing Championships, held recently at Chertsey, near Rakaia, in Mid Canterbury.

 
 
Matthew Falloon inspects a harvest of asparagus seed. The seed, still mixed with some plant debris at this stage, is being dried in a bin with warm air percolating up from a grille in the bottom of the bin. Photo: Rural News Group.

An asparagus breeder sees scope for the industry making a “tremendous breakthrough” via the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Craig Smith.

Every time you wash synthetic clothes, micro fibres of plastic are washed into the waterways, says Devold Wool Direct general manager and member of the International Wool Textile Board, Craig Smith.

Unseasonably hot and dry growing conditions are behind the lower than expected kiwifruit volumes.

Horticultural produce company Seeka has indicated lower than expected kiwifruit volumes across Australia and New Zealand.

Deer Industry NZ chair Ian Walker.

The deer sector has joined a growing chorus of farming groups – and others – describing the Government’s targets for methane reductions as unrealistic.

Fonterra has sold Tip Top for $380 million.

Selling the iconic ice cream business Tip Top won’t end Fonterra’s financial woes, says broker Grant Williamson, of Hamilton Hindin Greene.

National's climate change spokesman Todd Muller says the proposed target for methane reduction puts the New Zealand agricultural sector at “real risk”.

The honey market downturn has impacted the profitability of many beekeeping businesses, particularly those producing the non-manuka honeys, says Karin Kos, chief executive of Apiculture New Zealand.

South Canterbury rural consultant Sarah Barr says there is a huge degree of anxiety on the ground over the surge in the Mycoplasma bovis eradication effort.

European Union and New Zealand trade officials are still hopeful that agreement on a free trade agreement (FTA) will be reached by the end of the year.

Farmers affected by Mycoplasma bovis need help and support, but MPI treats them as guilty parties, claims Mid-Canterbury Federated Farmers dairy chair Chris Ford.

New Zealand's horticultural sector must compete on quality, taste and branding because it will never compete globally on volume and price, says MyFarm national sales manager Grant Payton.

 

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