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As we bid farewell to another year it’s time for the annual review of 2018 in the primary sector as seen by the Rural News editorial team.
Six months down the track and with an estimated $250,000 of taxpayer funds already spent, Ag Minister Damien O’Connor’s Primary Sector Council (PSC) is looking increasingly like an irrelevant, costly, white elephant.
Alternative proteins do not spell doom and gloom for the meat industry, says Lain Jager, chairman of the Government’s new Primary Sector Council.
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor is defending the nature and makeup of the new Primary Sector Council.
The Government has set up a new Primary Sector Council to provide “independent strategic advice”, says Minister of Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor.
The increase in the average yield per hectare for Green was a key factor in “remarkable” volume growth in the 2016-17 season, says Zespri chief executive Lain Jager.
Zespri has officially opened its regional office in Orange County, California to manage growing sales across Northern, Central and Southern America.
About 8% of total kiwifruit production comes from Maori orchards, and now there is an ambitious goal to get up to 20%, says Maori Kiwifruit Growers Forum chairman Tiaki Hunia.
The kiwifruit industry initially lost a billion dollars -- about one-third of its capital value -- to Psa, says Zespri chief executive Lain Jager.