PGP to pay for MPI shake-up

13 December 2017

The Government will use Primary Growth Partnership Fund money to reorganise the Ministry for Primary Industries, with changes to be in place by April.

Inquiry into honey industry

12 December 2017

The Government is holding an inquiry into honey with a view to determining public and industry sentiment around the definition of manuka honey among other issues.

Milk freedom costs €13.7m a day

8 December 2017

In a paper examining the impacts of the European Union’s milk quota abolition in 2015, Dutch-based dairy consultancy Greenmark Dairy Ingredients says the cost to dairy farmers has been €19.8 million and a minimum of €116 million to the EU.

Outlook good for primary sector

7 December 2017

The primary sector’s environmental performance must be raised and consumer trust must continue to be a focus, a briefing prepared by the Primary Industries Ministry for Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says.

Farmer confidence falls

5 December 2017

Farmer confidence has slipped on fear of changes to Government policy.

Former minister wants tough talk

4 December 2017

National’s trade spokesman Todd McClay has taken Trade Minister David Parker to task over comments following the recent visit by British International Trade Secretary Liam Fox.

R&D spend pathetic despite PGPs

30 November 2017

The Primary Growth Partnership model will be reviewed as part of the Government’s drive to prioritise spending that will benefit all taxpayers, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says.

Too early to call farm prices

30 November 2017

It’s too early to say whether new rules creating hurdles for foreign buyers of rural land will undermine farm values, Reserve Bank deputy governor Geoff Bascand says.

Tax group to seek green results

24 November 2017

Finance Minister Grant Robertson wants the Michael Cullen-led tax working group to think about how the tax system can support better environmental outcomes, given Labour’s planned water tax was sidelined by its coalition agreement with NZ First.

Research spend must go up

16 November 2017

The concentration of research and development spending among a small number of businesses must end, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods says.