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Selwyn Times: October 18, 2016

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32 2 [Edition datE] Tuesday October 18 2016 SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES International competitiveness potential talking point at AGM Dairy farmers’ ability to remain internationally competitive is likely to be a hot topic when dairy industry and research body, DairyNZ, reviews the past year at its Annual General Meeting next week. DairyNZ is holding its AGM in Ashburton from 11am on Thursday, October 27, at Hotel Ashburton. Industry body chairman Michael Spaans says the AGM will review the 2015/16 dairy season, including the low milk price challenges, and discuss DairyNZ’s highlights for the year and future direction. “All New Zealand dairy farmers contribute funding to DairyNZ via a Diary New Zealand Chairman, Michael Spaans milksolids levy so we are here to work for all farmers, helping with immediate challenges such as low milk price through to undertaking long-term industry-wide research,” Mr Spaans says. The recent dairy industry seasons have reaffirmed the cyclical nature of farming and that farmers must ensure their businesses are set-up to cope with greater price volatility. “The long period of low milk prices our industry has faced reminds us all how important it is to run productive and profitable businesses,” he says. “Looking back on the past year, which has inevitably challenged many farmers’ profitability, I am encouraged to see, yet again, that dairy farmers can and do adapt, and as an industry we remain competitive internationally.” In 2015/16, $67 million was collected through the milksolids levy, along with additional government funding. DairyNZ’s work includes research and development to create practical on-farm tools, leadership of good practice farming, promoting careers in dairying and advocating for farmers with central and regional government. In 2015-16, Canterbury farmers produced 385 million kilograms of milksolids, worth $1.5 billion. The dairy industry’s milk production benefitted the regional economy by $830 million GDP (gross domestic product) in 2015-16 and provided over 6300 jobs on-farm and a further 1200 in milk processing. “This is around 7500 jobs – from on-farm through to processing and wholesaling,” Mr Spaans says. “Dairy is a big part of the local Canterbury economy – and many others nationwide – so it is vital to ensure the industry is competitive internationally and product is produced by resilient, responsible businesses.” Local industry research during 2015/16 has already made good gains in developing farm options that could reduce nitrate leaching in the region, while retaining a pasture-based, profitable system. Mr Spaans says the next season would continue to be challenging for dairy farmers, as they continue to focus on operating under the low milk price. “The goal to support profitable farm systems has not changed. Being more efficient and utilising pasture is key to locking in the gains in operating costs, as milk price moves to a more sustainable level.” Rural Section Roundwood Farm posts Deer Fencing Post and Rail Fencing Yarding Timber Oregon Rails Oregon Gates Sheep and Deer Netting Gallagher Strainrite Fencing Systems HOURS Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am- 12pm Weedons Ross Rd to Rolleston We are here Berketts Rd Trents Rd Main South Rd / SH1 Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 GROW SPRING VEGES NOW!!! Huge Greenhouse for under $2000 ✓ 20ft Greenhouse - 6.29m(L) x 2.6m(W ) x 2.58m(H) ✓ Aluminium powder coated (green) frame & base ✓ 6mm Polycarbonate walls & roof with 10yr UV guarantee ✓ Wide opening double sliding door ✓ Fully adjustable roof vent $1,895.00 GST inclusive Take the back ache out of splitting firewood. ✓ Diesel engine 11hp for power and economy ✓ 30 tonne splitting power (2x models) ✓ Vertical or horizontal splitting ✓ Recoil and electric start ✓ Two stage pump – 60.5 Lpm ✓ 30L hydraulic reservoir $2,995.00 GST inclusive Lifestyle Tractors & Machinery Ltd • Tel. 03-347-4956 • Mob. 0274 770 070 Email. Not just a tyre shop! On-FaRM SERViCES No CaLLout Fee (SElwyn diSTRiCT) aGRiCUlTURal TyRES Courtesy car available. Kiddie’s toys & entertainment. Enjoy a free coffee, massage (chair) & TV while you wait. • 24 hour fleet service • Full mechanical repairs • Nitrogen fills, batteries, WOF, shock absorbers • Car tyres, 4x4 tyres, light truck tyres, truck & bus tyres • Wheel alignments, puncture repairs, full groom Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.00pm, Saturday 9am-12pm Call 03 347 4702 or 0800 838 973 847 Jones Rd, Rolleston •

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday October [Edition 18 datE] 2016 33 3 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Access to food essential for better urban planning Access to staples of the New Zealand food basket, such as carrots, potatoes, onions and leafy greens, must be a consideration on the table in urban planning, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman. Horticulture New Zealand has made a submission on the Productivity Commission’s draft report Better Urban Planning. The draft report suggests different ways of delivering urban planning in New Zealand to meet changing demands. “Parts of the New Zealand food supply chain are, in our view, being affected by constraints on production because of competition for suitable land for housing, and access to water,” Mr Chapman says. “Effects of shortages, or no supply, may result in increased prices for access to food staples such as carrots, potatoes, onions and leafy greens. “Horticulture is a growth industry in New Zealand, making an important contribution to the economy, including through jobs by employing about 60,000 people. “As a core element of New Zealand’s food network we need room to grow, alongside expanding urban areas. It would be a serious planning failure for New Zealand to have food shortages and to have to import fresh fruit and vegetables that can be grown here.” It would be a serious planning failure for New Zealand to have food shortages and to have to import fresh fruit and vegetables that can be grown here Areas where Horticulture New Zealand has concerns in the draft report include: regulating the built environment to consider effects on rural zoned land; the ability for industry groups, such as Horticulture New Zealand, to participate in the planning process; and the ability for each council in New Zealand to approach planning issues on the same basis. The organisation believes there is a balance that needs to be found in streamlining and cutting red tape for urban development and ensuring that councils meet community needs, such as the ability to eat domestically grown fruit and vegetables. “Overall, Horticulture New Zealand agrees with the approach of the Productivity Commission, but having land to grow fruit and vegetables is critical to horticulture’s ongoing growth and our ability to feed New Zealand, so the submission process is a valuable one,” Mr Chapman says. The Productivity Commission’s final report on urban planning is due to Government on November 30. Selwyn Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › WOF’s › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 329 5841 | 132 Leeston Road, Springston | ROLLESTON LAW Sound, workable legal advice and solutions Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Square Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace W: T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 E: E: RICHARD GRAY ANITA MOLLOY-ROBERTS