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Danger looming on the horizon

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Danger looming on the horizon

By Melinda Collins   The nature of a competitive global market dictates that expecting a better result from doing what you’ve always done is a sure fire path to failure. Yet, according to a report by accounting business KPMG, our agriculture industry is in peril of doing exactly that. The KPMG Agribusiness Agenda report says New Zealand agriculture has as little as five years before large-scale intensive farming in South America, western China and central Asia will erode our cost competitiveness, undercutting our farm exports. “For many...

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Arguing ETS

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Arguing ETS

By Bridget Gourlay Global warming is a scientific theory that has only became widely accepted in the last decade. Whether or not it’s man-made is still being debated by some, but the United Nations, the heads of state of most countries and all major New Zealand political parties other than ACT, believe it is and want to stop its potentially detrimental effects. The thorny issue of how to tackle it is what’s coming under fire at the moment. Emissions trading is a financial, market-based approach to global warming that introduces a...

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The Flow On Effect

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The Central Plains water scheme is on the way By Bridget Gourlay A multi-million dollar project irrigating the central Canterbury plains from the Waimakariri and Rakaia rivers is well on the way to being put in place, 130 years after it was originally proposed. The irrigation scheme was first floated in 1883 but it wasn’t until 2000 that a feasibility study was funded by the Selwyn District Council and the Christchurch City Council. In 2004, 300 farmers throughout central Canterbury collectively invested $4.7 million to help fund the resource...

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Branka Simunovich

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Branka Simunovich

A Pressing Concern By Melinda Collins Entrepreneur is a term applied to the person willing to take upon him or herself a new venture and accept full responsibility for the outcome. Entrepreneurship is difficult and many new ventures are strangled to a standstill before they really ever get off the ground. Then again, if the path to success was an easy stroll, we’d all be on the bandwagon. But that’s not the case, is it. The point is that with nothing ventured, nothing can be gained and that’s the challenge entrepreneur’s thrive...

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Beehave or Beehive

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Beehave or Beehive

By Bridget Gourlay Chemically ridden streams, dirty rivers and poisoned fish are threatening New Zealand’s clean and green image and the finger is being pointed squarely at the dairy industry. The Green Party and other environmental groups are urging the government to start regulating dairy farmers after a report released in March revealed that 15 percent do not comply with the voluntary targets to minimise dairy farming’s effect on the environment. Accusations are also being levelled at the industry for meddling with statistics and not...

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Food Hubs

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Food Hubs

By Melinda Collins Is a pinch of talent, a dash of government funding and a dollop of Kiwi ingenuity the recipe to improve New Zealand’s innovation performance? Seems it is. New Zealand has been failing abysmally in the innovation stakes during the past decade. But for our food and beverage companies, it has not been for lack of trying, Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) sector manager agri-business Blair Cottam says. “CDC has been working closely with companies in the food industry within Canterbury to understand how they can grow more...

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Foreign Threats

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Foreign Threats

Danger looming on the horizon By Melinda Collins   The nature of a competitive global market dictates that expecting a better result from doing what you’ve always done is a sure fire path to failure. Yet, according to a report by accounting business KPMG, our agriculture industry is in peril of doing exactly that. The KPMG Agribusiness Agenda report says New Zealand agriculture has as little as five years before large-scale intensive farming in South America, western China and central Asia will erode our cost competitiveness, undercutting our...

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Jumping The Green Belt

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Jumping The Green Belt

By Bridget Gourlay Townies: Suits who wouldn’t know one end of a cow from another, but are happy to complain about water issues while getting rich off the taxes from dairy exports. Farmers: Country bumpkins who would call a place like Timaru ‘The Big Smoke’ and constantly whinge about conditions while getting all kinds of subsidies from the Government. There’s all kinds of stereotypes to make about rural and urban New Zealanders, but the fact is they depend on one another. It’s true agriculture is our primary industry and has been since New...

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Foreign Property

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By Melinda Collins Foreign investment deals in agriculture are nothing new. In colonial times European countries established plantation economies in Africa, Asia and Latin America to export food. Today Persian Gulf states are working out land deals in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe while India has set up agricultural projects in Brazil and South Korea recently tried to purchase almost half the island of Madagascar. “If food was ever a soft policy before,” editorialises the Financial Times, “it now rivals oil as a basis of power and economic...

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Pressing Concerns

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Pressing Concerns

By Bridget Gourlay Not so long ago, a typical Kiwi family on a typical weekend drive had two lunch options; pies and a cuppa at a roadside diner, or something deep fried with a brew at a pub. How times have changed. In the last decade or so, the rise of the café culture has seen New Zealanders turn to fine fare and vino at vineyards dotted around the countryside — and nobody’s looking back. While there have been a few vineyards about New Zealand since the 1850s, we have only become a serious wine producing nation in the last 20 years. Some...

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