Waikato Innovation Park receives $3M to ramp up value-added food production

Waikato Innovation Park receives $3M to ramp up value-added food production

The Waikato Innovation Park has received a $3 million equity injection from Callaghan Innovation. It will use the funds to kick off a $5.0 million expansion of its FoodWaikato spray drying facility this month. At full capacity, the new manufacturing capability is expected to inject an additional $38.5 million per year in export revenues back […]

Upskilling one strategy to cope with lower payout

Upskilling one strategy to cope with lower payout

With the announcement of a drop in Fonterra’s forecast milk solid payout, there’s an urgent need for farmers to review and revise budgets and to monitor cashflow going forward, to ensure debt levels don’t rise unnecessarily. Agribusiness management training is one way that farmers can address these issues and apply better management practices to their […]

Kiwifruit grower Seeka joins Psa class action against MPI

Kiwifruit grower Seeka joins Psa class action against MPI

Seeka Kiwifruit Industries, the country’s biggest kiwifruit grower, will join the $885 million class action against the Ministry for Primary Industries over the 2010 outbreak of Psa-V vine disease, seeking compensation for the devastation of golden kiwifruit crops in the Bay of Plenty. The Te Puke-based company estimates the Psa bacteria has cost it more […]

Foreign Asset Sales: Are they worth it?

Foreign Asset Sales: Are they worth it?

By Hayden Dillon The current sale of Lochinver Station and the wider debate around foreign investment in land assets (both rural and residential), has the issue of direct foreign investment in land at the top of the queue of hot issues. Much of the discussion has been emotive, and that is entirely legitimate, but it’s the […]

Vitafoods Asia Strengthens its Position in the Nutraceutical Industry

Vitafoods Asia Strengthens its Position in the Nutraceutical Industry

Singapore: Vitafoods Asia, the only Pan-Asian event dedicated exclusively to the nutraceutical industry, recently concluded its fourth edition on a high note, reinforcing its status as the definitive exhibition for the market. More than 170 suppliers from all over the world, including ADM, Chr. Hansen, Epax, Huisong Pharmaceuticals and Malaysian Biotech Corporation, showcased the latest […]

NZ economy – changing down a gear?

NZ economy – changing down a gear?

Forward-looking indicators give cause for optimism in the latest BusinessNZ Planning Forecast. The Forecast for the September quarter signposts economic growth at an annual rate of around 3 percent, at mixed levels across various sectors and regions. Business and consumer confidence remain positive, meanwhile the Christchurch rebuild and Auckland housing growth are driving a buoyant […]

Weeds cost the NZ economy millions

Weeds cost the NZ economy millions

There’s something worse than vampires rising up from the ground. They’re weeds and an international soil scientist says they’re sometimes regarded as a benign problem because they can be dealt with. However Dr John Baker says some of the treatments may not be as benign as first thought. He points out that options range from […]

2015 Graduate Programme Foundation for Arable Research

2015 Graduate Programme Foundation for Arable Research

Welcome to the arable industry, the industry that feeds New Zealanders and underpins our vital pastoral industries. The Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) is looking for graduates interested in a career within the arable industry. Our new Graduate Programme has been specifically designed to introduce you to all aspects of the industry from agronomy to […]