Archive for August, 2012

Greens and Labour waging war on overseas investment

August 30, 2012

The Greens’ private members bill restricting, in other words banning, all sales of farm land of more than 5 hectares to an overseas investor was defeated last week by two votes. Under a Labour/Green coalition, ably assisted by NZ First and the Maori Party, the terrifying thought is this piece of xenophobic ignorance would be passed into law. (more…)

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Basmati rice provides fascinating commodity comparison

August 26, 2012

For some strange reason I recently received a research report from India on the Basmati rice industry. But never having previously thought of the rice industry’s dynamics – financial, production or marketing – I found it fascinating reading. I hope some of my (more…)

Boot camp to inspire development of New Zealand Inc

August 15, 2012

This week a high powered Boot Camp, attended by a group of key New Zealand agribusiness executives, will take place at Stanford University, California, with facilitation by Professor of Marketing Baba Shiv whose research expertise is in neuroeconomics. (more…)

Shanghai Pengxin finally able to get on with its dairy investment

August 10, 2012

After one of the most drawn out sagas of recent times, the Court of Appeal’s ruling at last looks as if Shanghai Pengxin can complete its takeover of the Crafar farms. (more…)

Call to Arms to treble agri-foods turnover

August 2, 2012

The Riddet Institute, a partnership of five organisations, The University of Auckland, AgResearch, Plant & Food Research, MasseyUniversity, and the University of Otago, encompasses the entire New Zealand science sector.

 

In its report A Call to Arms launched last week, it challenges New Zealand’s agri-foods sector to take the steps needed to realise its potential (more…)