Export Growth, Trade and Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor.

Damien O'Connor is planning to head back to Europe again shortly to breathe oxygen into the free trade agreements that New Zealand is negotiating separately with the UK and the EU.

NZ Apples and Pears chief executive Alan Pollard says there could be another 100,000 tonnes of fruit to harvest this year and the industry will need an extra 2,500 workers.

Fruit growers are hoping three planeloads of Pacific Island workers will touch down in Auckland early next month, under the revised Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme.

Eligibility criteria for funding from the Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund are a barrier to some farmers receiving funding, says MP for Selwyn Nicola Grigg. Photo Credit: ECan Media Team

Nearly four months on from the floods that devastated much of rural Canterbury, the Government has fallen short of the promises it made to local farmers, says National MP Nicola Grigg.

A Rainer Irrigation crew led by foreman Wame Ramalasou, left, works on an upturned pivot near Staveley in Mid-Canterbury. Their first task was to lift a section off a track to give the farmer full use of the farm again, before lifting it all back onto its wheels and assessing the full extent of the damage. Photo Credit: Nigel Malthus.

Farmers with irrigators blown over and damaged in a pair of back-to-back windstorms may not get them working again this side of Christmas, according to Mid-Canterbury Federated Farmers president David Clark.

The Meat Industry Association says bureaucratic barriers from Immigration NZ have got in the way of getting sufficient halal butchers into New Zealand.

The Meat Industry Association (MIA) says it's facing bureaucratic barriers from Immigration NZ as it tries to get sufficient halal butchers for the coming season.

DairyNZ says it will complete a submission on both winter grazing and the freshwater farm plan consultations.

DairyNZ says it will complete a submission on both the winter grazing and the freshwater farm plan consultations, providing firm feedback to Government.

Meat Industry Association chief executive Sirma Karapeeva.

Meat Industry Association (MIA) chief executive Sirma Karapeeva sees no end in sight to the shipping and logistical woes that the meat and other primary sectors are facing.

Online sales via Alliance Group’s online red meat delivery channel puresouthshop.com have grown significantly during the Covid-19 alert level restrictions.

Three new farming systems are being implemented to expand Lincoln University Dairy Farm’s (LUDF) focus and extend its outlook through to 2030.

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