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Three years of the Primary Growth Partnership
was marked at a function at Parliament recently.
Primary Industries minister Nathan Guy said
Government and industry had so far committed
$658 million of multi-year funding for 13 projects.
The potential benefit to the wider economy from
these projects was more than $7 billion per year
from 2025, he said.
Current projects include red meat sector
collaboration, manuka honey trials, harvesting
trees from steep land, improving the precision of
seafood catches, and selective breeding of
''These investments in productivity will play a big
part in achieving the Government's goal of
doubling primary exports by 2025,'' Mr Guy said.
Overall, the Government's total cross-portfolio
funding for science, innovation and research had
increased 28 per cent over the past four years, up
to $1.36 billion in 2013-14.
Meanwhile, Bill Falconer has stood down as
chairman for the Investment Advisory Panel for
the Primary Growth Partnership and will be
replaced by current panel member Joanna Perry.
The latest round of PGP is now open for funding
Cuts: Agri-Nutrients chief Larry Bilodeau.
By DIANE BISHOP
Ballance Agri-Nutrients has slashed the
prices on most of its fertiliser products.
Chief executive Larry Bilodeau said
prices on most of the co-operative's core
plant nutrients had been reduced by
between $10 and $80 a tonne, from June 4.
''During the past year we have kept
prices very competitive when global
prices were increasing.
''Now we have seen a steady pattern of
price declines globally, so we are taking
the lead to pass these better prices on to
our shareholders and customers,'' he
He said the global fertiliser market was
sluggish which had weakened prices for
most of the major nutrients.
Global phosphate prices remained below
levels of 12 months ago, with slow
demand in key import markets.
However, with Indian demand going
forward at contract rates there was a
market expectation that demand spikes
may drive higher prices, he said.
Double take: New Zealand Police Museum director
Rowan Carroll shows off two retired patrol cars pressed
back into service for the 2013 National Fieldays.
Photo: CHRIS HILLOCK / FAIRFAX NZ.
The biggest barrier to stopping rural crime is
farmers not reporting it, says an insurance boss.
Speaking at a Fieldays Federated Farmers
Seminar, FMG advice and insurance general
manager Conrad Wilkshire said farmers felt
crime was increasing but often didn't report it.
''A recent Federated Farmers survey said that one
third of farmers felt that it had gotten worse,'' said
One in two farmers in the survey have noticed
suspicious activity around their neighbourhood.
''That's everything from the handpiece missing in
the woolshed to stock out in the paddock.''
Forty-six per cent had observed a criminal act, but
only 30 per cent had reported it.
Sixty-four per cent of those farmers did not report
the crime because they felt the police would not be
interested, he said.
Farmers needed to report crime through services
such as the anonymous Crimestoppers, he says.
Wilkshire says Crimestoppers had made a
difference in cutting rural crime in the four years
it had been operating, but it needed better uptake
Meanwhile police were connecting to visitors to
Fieldayswith the help of a 1973 HQ Holden police
car and a 1983 Ford Falcon black and white
brought out of retirement.
The grey HQ Holden, an original police car and
stationed at the Police Museum, turned heads on
the first day of the show and museum director
Rowan Carroll said visitors had stopped to
''The thing is that for a lot of people, this is well
within living memory and everybody has a story
to tell about theses cars,'' she said.
The black and white was owned by a member of
the public and joined the HQ Holden and the rest
of the police memorabilia to show how technology
had changed policing in New Zealand.
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