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Why food and fibre has a strong future

August 31, 2022 Share

We all eat and that gives everyone a role to play in our food chain. While there are a series of environmental issues to solve, farmers and growers have made good progress over the years.

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Welfare that works warranted

August 22, 2022 Share

For practical people like me, numbers are comforting.

They can confirm either a problem, or a solution, depending on the context being applied.

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Starting our pasture to plate story

August 16, 2022 Share

Like many of you, I’m so over the uninformed knockers of primary industries.

People who are swayed by a headline, a social media post or a slick advertising campaign, without any in-depth knowledge of why sectors within it, operate the way they do.

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Science the key to our decisions

August 10, 2022 Share

“A set of principles shapes National’s primary sector decision-making,” says agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.

Fresh from last weekend’s annual conference, she says: “The sector is currently worth $52 billion to New Zealand and growing. It underpins our economy.

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Farmers, there’s plenty to celebrate

August 03, 2022 Share

“Despite Monday’s Federated Farmers Confidence Survey results, there are many positives for the agricultural and horticultural sectors right now,” says National’s Agriculture Spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.

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Barbara's Beat No. 14

August 01, 2022 Share


The possibility Foot and Mouth Disease could reach New Zealand looms as this newsletter goes together.
FMD is the highly contagious disease that affects cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. The only way to eradicate it is to destroy any affected animals.
If agencies charged with our biosecurity put one foot wrong, our agricultural sector would be decimated. So there can be no slip ups.

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Foot and Mouth would devastate New Zealand

July 26, 2022 Share

There can be no slip-ups in our actions to keep out Foot and Mouth Disease, which would have catastrophic impacts on the country, National’s Agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says.

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Seeing red

July 25, 2022 Share

Never has an industry been more targeted by a government than New Zealand’s primary sector right now.

The spotlight, within that target for the past five years, falling firmly on agriculture.

This term, Labour no longer needs the blessing of the Greens to enact their ideas.

Nor are they beholden to any other party to pass laws, so they’ve been busy.

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ED wait times soaring

July 18, 2022 Share

Emergency Department wait times are soaring across Taranaki and the Waikato region, with more than one in four people waiting at least six hours for treatment, National’s MP for Taranaki-King Country Barbara Kuriger says

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We can all do our bit

July 11, 2022 Share

An estimated 40% of food produced globally each year is wasted — totalling 2.5 billion tonnes.

New Zealand households account for more than 157,000 tonnes of it.

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