Waste plastic – enough to bury a rugby field 2m deep. That’s how much stuff the rural recycler AgRecovery says it handles each year, weighing at least 300 tonnes.
Farmer confidence has fallen sharply over recent months.
This old mutt would love to have been a fly on the wall at the PGG Wrightson HQ when news came through of its almighty swede seed stuff-up.
Just when your old mate thought the boffins at MPI couldn’t be seen in a worse light, given the M.bovis debacle, he came across this amazing example of bureaucratic bulls$%t.
Your old mate understands that the continuing cluster#$%& that is the handling and management of the M.bovis outbreak by MPI can be laid squarely at the feet of Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.
Your old mate hears there’s a bit of concern about the state of rural publishing in this country.
The Hound reckons Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings should be forever known as ‘Teflon Theo’, because no matter what goes wrong on his watch it never seems to stick to him.
This old mutt notes the infectious disease of the new government – death by committee or review – has seriously spread into the office of Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor as well.
The Hound reckons when it comes to continued pollution breaches in the country’s largest city you don’t hear a word from supposed environmental groups.
The importance of water storage in helping provide a reliable supply of water for urban communities, as well as for food and energy production in a changing climate, needs to be recognised.
The death of a nine-year old in a quad accident on a Waikato dairy farm in late January is a tragedy for his family.
The future of food – especially the emergence of ‘synthetic foods’ and what this might mean for New Zealand as a major food producer – has been prominent in media and barbecue conversations this summer.
A mate of the Hound reckons suggestions that possibly NZ’s longest-serving public benefit bludger -- Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Winston Peters – be sent to North Korea to negotiate with that country’s leader Kim Jong Un is a good move.
The Hound well remembers – like many of those in the primary sector – events of a couple of years ago, when the streets were full of protestors vehemently marching against the ‘awful, appalling, dreadful, shocking’ TPP trade deal.
The Hound doesn’t profess to be an expert on everything in the agricultural sector, but given he has been around the traps a fair time, he has managed to pick up a bit of knowledge.
Your old mate was not shocked to see the new Labour-led government quickly repay its mates – and major funders – in the NZ union movement by changing the employment laws to favour its comrades in the organised labour lobby.
Over the next decade, the global middle class will grow from two billion to nearly five billion — an explosive rise considering the entire world population was only five billion in 1990.
Farmers and growers contribute to the quest of eradicating global hunger by providing nutritious food. Their approach to managing pests helps maximise production with finite resources.
Debate continues about what primary sector activities will be ‘best’ for New Zealand.
“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.”
The Hound likes moves by the Australian government to pass a law that will force animal rights activists to hand over visual evidence of animal cruelty to relevant authorities promptly, instead of delaying its release to bolster emotive, anti-farming media-driven campaigns.
This old mutt reckons Fonterra shareholders council chairman Duncan Coull has done nothing to dispel the oft-heard claim that his group is merely a lapdog of the Fonterra board.
Hard on the heels of NZ First’s lack of complaints over the sale of iconic NZ company Icebreaker to US interests, news that multi-national syndicate Craigmore Permanent Crop Ltd Partnership recently bought 17.5ha of kiwifruit orchards in Te Puke did not so much as raise a peep from the bauble-takers.
Your old mate understands that while lobby group Fish & Game may have a new head in place it has not changed its anti-farming tune one bit.