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Sunday, December 17, 2017

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Bay of Plenty farmers are shocked after a being victim to a series of animal attacks in rural Whakatane areas. Christine Tipper says her father, an owner of Awakeri farm, discovered two cows that had been shot, dead on their property within 3-4 meters...

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Organisers of the prestigious Ballance Farm Environment Awards are encouraging farmers and growers to consider entering the 2018 awards. Entry is now open for the awards organised by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust to promote land stewardship...

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Erin Atkinson is hoping her experiences of both vegetable and fruit growing may give her an edge, when she takes part in the 2017 NZ Young Fruit Grower and Young Grower of the Year events this month. Erin, who won the 2017 Bay of Plenty Young Grower...

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A Bay of Plenty rescue centre has gone kid crazy with 29 goats finding permanent homes in three days. Mana Rescue owner Fiona Montgomerie advertised on Facebook that 46 baby goats needed homes over the weekend, and by Monday 29 kids were given away to...

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A Labour Inspectorate operation targeting the kiwifruit industry in Bay of Plenty has found the majority of labour hire contractors are breaching their obligations as employers. Inspectors carried out audits on 62 labour contracting companies and interviewed...

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New changes to update kiwifruit regulations and help future-proof the industry will come into force on August 1. Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy says the changes were announced last year and will help ensure the industry is best structured...

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Zespri welcomes the announcement of the start of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between New Zealand and the four countries of the Pacific Alliance – Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. “While New Zealand kiwifruit does not attract...

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A new report shows kiwifruit’s contribution to New Zealand GDP is set to increase from $2.6 billion in 2015/16 to $6.14 billion in 2030, with an additional 29,000 New Zealand jobs, driven by the new cultivar Zespri SunGold.   The report...

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The Maori Kiwifruit Growers Forum has been officially launched in Tauranga, representing a first for the kiwifruit industry. The forum has been created to advocate for the interests of Maori growers in the sector and is a partnership between Maori kiwifruit...

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Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have committed another joint funding boost to rural mental health.  The Ministers committed $500,000 for Rural Mental Wellness at the opening of the Fieldays Rural Health...

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