Only 47 per cent of New Zealand farmers think Covid 19 had a negative effect on their farms or businesses. Kiwi ingenuity and the drive to “make it work” came through in an AgResearch survey with Farmers and others working in the agriculture in New Zealand and Australia surveyed about the impacts of the Pandemic. 37 per cent said the effect was neutral with our primary sector performance holding up well. Those interviewed in the NZ sector identified better opportunities for working new markets for their products and they noticed increased community appreciation of their sector. AgResearch senior scientist Dr Val Snow says they’ve seen farmers in other countries not fare as well. They found being required to stay on their farms through COVID-19 meant they were actually more focused on their core tasks and their family life. Homeschooling the kids also “meant they were involved in farming life and also witnessed the decision-making processes in running a farm.