Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Release of MAF and Mfish BIMs

Release of MAF and Mfish BIMs

Primary industries are the only industries New Zealand has that have comparative advantage internationally. They are critically important if the wellbeing of every New Zealander is to be improved, Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton said today.

Mr Anderton released the Briefings to the Incoming Minister on fisheries, agriculture, biosecurity, and forestry. MAF's briefing also covers rural affairs and food safety.

He said that sustainable development was an important issue for all primary industries and one that he had asked MAF to take a lead role in focusing on across the sector.

"The efficient allocation of limited resources, while still enabling people to realise their aspirations, is going to be an increasingly difficult issue in the future. We are already seeing conflict over freshwater allocation.

"As the briefing says, land and water resources have significant environmental and social as well as economic value, and rural land plays a key role in recreational activities. The growth potential of the agriculture and horticulture sectors is constrained by the availability of and competition for land and access to water.

"On top of that are the concerns by some groups about the effects farming and cropping can have on the environment and people's social activities."

Mr Anderton said sustainability issues were important in fisheries as well.

He said that as a new minister, he was still coming to grips with his new portfolios. But his aim was to work in partnership with our primary industries in order to help them make an even greater contribution to economic growth.

To view the briefing paper… click here…

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Ongoing Problems With Abortion

Despite Christopher Luxon’s assurances to the contrary, there is no such thing as “settled law” in New Zealand. Apart from the six provisions that are constitutionally entrenched, legislation can always be amended or overturned by a simple majority vote within our single chamber of Parliament. Luxon’s repeated use of the term “settled law” has been particularly tone deaf, given that several of the US Supreme Court justices used that very same term during their confirmation hearings...


Government: New Zealand Secures Major Free Trade Deal With European Union
New Zealand and the European Union have concluded negotiations on a major free trade agreement (FTA), which unlocks access to one of the world’s biggest and most lucrative markets... More>>


Government: New Measures To Help Manage COVID-19 As Country Stays At Orange
The Government is taking action to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools and early childhood services, COVID-19 Response Minster Dr Ayesha Verrall and Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti announced today... More>>

Prime Minister: Remarks At NATO Summit
It is a rare thing to have New Zealand represented at a NATO Summit. While we have worked together in theatres such as Afghanistan, and have been partners for just on a decade, today represents an important moment for our Pacific nation... More>>

Government: New Era For Better Health In Aotearoa New Zealand

The Government has today delivered a nationwide health system that will ensure better outcomes for all New Zealanders with the establishment of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand... More>>

Greens: Alcohol Harm Minimisation Bill Pulled From Biscuit Tin

After years of research and advocacy, Parliament will finally consider legislation to take meaningful action on alcohol harm, says the Greens... More>>

Government: Wellington’s Rapid Transit Option Progresses To Next Stage
The Government is progressing a preferred option for LGWM which will see Wellington’s transport links strengthened with light rail from Wellington Station to Island Bay... More>>




InfoPages News Channels