Yummy Fruit company’s Paul Paynter.

The apple and stonefruit growers involved in the judicial review of MPI destroying or containing 48,000 apple and stonefruit trees say there are significant questions over the basis of the MPI directive.

 
Lynell Brandt (left) and Bill Howell.

The Ministry for Primary Industries’ directive to contain or destroy tens of thousands of apple and stonefruit plants is ‘draconian’ and lacking common sense, say two US high-level industry players. 

 
Mike Chapman.

Horticulture NZ chief executive Mike Chapman says urbanisation poses an enormous threat to Pukekohe, an important commercial growing region. 

Leonie Guiney.

Former Fonterra director Leonie Guiney says she is keeping her options open about contesting this year’s board elections.

 
HortNZ chief executive Mike Chapman.

Aucklanders face a $1.1 billion economic hit unless they curb their voracious appetite for building houses on top-quality, horticultural land.

Andrew Burtt.

Lamb prices are likely to flatten off a little, but stay pretty much towards current levels, says Beef+Lamb chief economist Andrew Burtt.

Miles Hurrell.

Fonterra’s interim chief executive Miles Hurrell says the co-op needs to be clear, upfront and honest with farmer shareholders.

Damien O’Connor.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor told the NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management conference that more R&D spending is needed in the whole economy and that not all agricultural investment will be behind the farmgate. 

Kirsten Bryant.

Beef + Lamb NZ director Kirsten Bryant is concerned about the perception that hill country farmers aren’t doing well.

Farmers back NAIT changes

Farmers are backing the amended National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) Act, passed under urgency this week by Parliament. 

Fonterra farmers are putting their co-op on notice over the decision to reduce milk price and not to pay any more dividend this year.

The Crown will appeal the High Court’s decision that the government was negligent in allowing kiwifruit vine-killing disease Psa into the country.

 

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