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Fonterra – MFAT coordinate international dairy development aid

Fonterra – MFAT coordinate international dairy development aid

Fonterra and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have agreed to work together to help developing countries build viable diary industries with a focus on food safety and quality.

Fonterra’ s chief executive Theo Spierings says the group’s work will focus on markets where Fonterra is building a significant consumer presence and seeking to strengthen the support it can provide to local dairy farmers and consumers.

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Ruataniwha dam – It’s now or never

Ruataniwha dam – It’s now or never

Irrigation New Zealand and Federated Farmers are campaigning in Hawke’s Bay to encourage farmers and growers to commit to the Ruataniwha water storage scheme, under the banner “It’s now or never”.

Irrigation New Zealand chief executive Andrew Curtis says the two organization are working together because both believe rumours and incorrect perceptions are hampering the project’s progress, and both believe the economics of the water stoprage and irrigation project stack up.

Andrew Curtis says there’s only a small window of opportunity left before Christmas.

After that, contracts  for the $275 million dam will have to be renegotiated.

IrrigationNZ and Federated Farmers will host a meeting on November the 4th at Waipawa Municipal Theatre.

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South Island wool scouring merger plan

South Island wool scouring merger plan

Cavalier Wool Holdings and New Zealand Wool Services International plan to merge their wool scouring assets.

CWH director Ross George say that, if the merger’s approved by the Commerce Commission, they will close a plant in Christchurch and expand the scouring operation at Washdyke  to serve the whole South Island.

He says the move is part of a long-term plan to decrease the number of stops from farm to port, and the planned merger will keep the scale of scouring operations  in line with current wool volumes.

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Honey smugglers stopped at the border

Honey smugglers stopped at the border

Border officials sent two Ukrainian air passengers home last weekend after they tried to smuggle honey and bee pollen into New Zealand.

The couple were found with nearly 3 kilograms of honey and 1kg of pollen after a luggage search by Ministry for Primary Industries staff at Auckland airport.

The man and woman had arrived in New Zealand to work at a beekeeping operation in the lower North Island.

They failed to declare they were carrying any food or other items of biosecurity risk when questioned by officials. After the honey was found, the couple said the honey products were for personal use.

As a result of the find, immigration officials refused the couple permission to enter the country, and they were sent home on the first available flight.

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Genetic engineering debate re-ignites

Genetic engineering debate re-ignites

There’ve been new calls for a review of New Zealand’s law governing genetic engineering in agriculture.

But they come from opposing sides in the debate.

Federated Farmers chief executive Graham Smith is calling for a review of legislation preventing the production of genetically engineered crops and pasture plants.

He says the technology has moved on since the New Zealand law was passed 10 years ago – particularly in terms of gene splicing, being used overseas to accelerate the development of new plant varieties.

GE Free's New Zealand national spokesperson Jon Carapiet agrees a review is needed, but that’s because he believes there’s now enough evidence for an outright ban on genetic engineering.

He says New Zealand should have a moratorium on GE release and put its research and development effort into alternatives like marker assisted breeding.

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Marlborough farmers braced for drought

Marlborough farmers braced for drought

Marlborough farmers and growers are being warned their region could face a drought this summer. There’s been no significant rainfall recorded for months and soil conditions in the district are drier than usual for this time of year.

Marlborough District Council hydrologist Val Wadsworth said the only decent rainfall in Marlborough this year had been in April and June.

Since then, evapo-transpiration has exceeded rainfall. A decent rainfall in the next month could prevent a drought, but six weeks without rain could cause problems.

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151st Hawkes Bay Show

151st Hawkes Bay Show

Hawkes Bay Showgrounds  (Hawkes Bay)

The Hawke's Bay A&P Show, hosted by the Hawke's Bay A&P Society, celebrates its 151st Show in October 2014.

Weds 22, Thurs 23 and Fri 25 October 2014

The Hawke's Bay Show is the only event in the region to be held on Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day which is a public holiday, and it is iconic in the region bringing together a diverse audience of people, from rural farming families, business to young children and families from urban Hastings.

The Show is a wonderful celebration of old and new, urban and rural. A wonderful event full of livestock, entertainment, competition and fun for all.

If you are interested in participating in the 2014 151st Hawke's Bay Show please contact Anna Hamilton, Events Manager for more information about Trade sites, Sponsorship or Competition details. Phone 06 878 3123 or email events@showgroundshb.co.nz

Our 150th Show in 2013 had more than 250 trade sites, selling everything from home and lifestyle products, food and wine, to clothing, tractors and cars. Talk to us tody about booking your trade site for 2014!

More info: http://www.hawkesbayshow.co.nz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=27