Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Federated Farmers options for red-meat reform

Federated Farmers has publicly released its discussion paper on major options for reforming New Zealand’s $6 billion red meat export industry.

“The OECD-FAO expects world meat exports to increase by 19 percent by 2022, so the need for reform has never been clearer," says Jeanette Maxwell, Federated Farmers Meat & Fibre chairperson.

“The OECD-FAO said last year that meat prices will remain high in real terms over the next decade. This was due to changing market fundamentals of slower production growth and stronger demand and represents the opportunity we have.

“What New Zealanders need to understand is that red meat could be so much more. If it was a schoolchild then it would be the C+ pupil. The one with massive potential but has issues with concentration and does not play well with others.

“A central message of our paper is for greater cooperation. While we fight each other we’re missing the point that global protein competition comes from white meat.

“Federated Farmers has given our industry plenty of time to reform itself, but with falling stock numbers and more attractive land use options, we have to get off the sidelines.

“This is what our paper is about It has generated discussion internally among our members but now is the time to take that discussion wider into the media, academia as well as with the analysts.

“Federated Farmers is not yet plumping for a preferred option. We wish to be informed by feedback that continues to come in from our members and from the wider industry.

“That said if we are to take a leaf from the dairy industry it is not Fonterra but Tatua. Our industry has its own Tatua’s because big is not always beautiful.

“It is easy to confuse a commodities wave for genuine value-add performance. Our industry rode the post-war commodities waves for meat and fibre but crashed onto the beach in the 1970’s. All because we’d failed to develop a value-adding surfboard to ride it out.

“That’s why I am personally enthused by the possibility of one of our options which will need legislative support. That’s adopting a Uruguayan style INAC to provide precise information about the industrial and trading activities of our national meat chain.

“Uruguay has the most precise handle on meat industry performance anywhere in the world and that’s led to an enviable world-beating red meat industry.

“Given INAC promotes coordination along the entire meat chain to find business alternatives that add value to products, it is the type of legislative intervention which could massively boost our industry without costing the taxpayer a cent.

“With the Red Meat Profit Partnership looking inside the farmgate for better farm performance, our paper shows how farmers are looking outside the farmgate for ways to boost the wider industry.

“Can we do it? Yes we can,” Mrs Maxwell concluded.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?

Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.

On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>

 
 

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Liquor Sponsorship: Researchers Call For Ban On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sport

“Due to alcohol sponsorship of sport, New Zealanders, including children, were exposed to up to 200 ads per hour they watched televised sport, and people watching football and tennis saw alcohol ads for almost half of each game,” says Associate Professor Signal. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Albert: Ardern For Labour, Genter For Greens

At the close of nominations, Jacinda Ardern was the sole nomination received for the position of Labour’s candidate for the Mt Albert by-election, says Labour General Secretary, Andrew Kirton. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news