Damien O’Connor meets India’s Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal in Philippines last week.

Dairy has huge potential within the 16-country Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement, says Agriculture and Trade Minister Damien O’Connor.

Federated Farmers environment and water spokesman Chris Allen.

Farmers must stay active and engaged with the submission process, says Federated Farmers environment and water spokesman Chris Allen.

Farming families and communities keen to do the right thing on water should not lose hope and confidence in the consultation process, says a Canterbury dairy farmer and industry leader.

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.

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

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

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

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.

 

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