6th December 2023 Agriculture / Stats NZ
Cattle numbers fell in the year to June 2023 but the amount of wheat and barley area harvested increased, according to Stats NZ’s latest agricultural production statistics.
Napier Port’s bottom line took a hit from Cyclone Gabrielle, although improved yields and a stronger cruise season helped boost revenue.
There are fewer dairy cattle, sheep, and deer in New Zealand’s paddocks, according to the final results of the five-yearly Agricultural Production Census 2022 from Stats NZ.
It fails to tackle systemic social and political issues and may perpetuate ‘business-as-usual’ in the food system, rather than transform it.
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor is travelling to Washington DC to speak at the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate Summit being held from 8 – 10 May 2023.
Trade and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor will visit Europe this week to discuss the role of agriculture in climate change and food security, World Trade Organization reform, and New Zealand’s agricultural innovation.
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The government is making a $10m contribution alongside partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to build resilience, enhance food security and address the challenges of climate change for small-scale primary producers.
There are immense opportunities in the agriculture sector for investment throughout the supply chain to both increase food production and produce food in a more sustainable manner, according to ANZ.
Young agricultural professionals are being encouraged to apply for the annual Australasian agribusiness Zanda McDonald Award.
Biosecurity New Zealand is stepping up its work at the border with a campaign to ensure travellers do their part to protect farmers from foot-and-mouth disease, says deputy director general Stuart Anderson.
Beef cattle numbers increased in 2021, while the number of sheep dipped slightly, according to Stats NZ.
Three weeks of heavy rain has caused widespread damage to arable crops – with some farmers calling it the “worst harvest season in living memory.”
The Government is making $200,000 available to support farmers and growers after major flooding in the South Island.