New Zealand's organic sector has grown 30 percent over the past two years to an estimated value of $600 million, led by a 42 percent jump in organic exports, according to the latest market report published today.
The government's next step in the response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis is expected to come in the next week, although Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is still hopeful the cattle disease can be eradicated.
The ban on new offshore gas exploration has made it harder for fertiliser cooperative Ballance Agri-Nutrients to settle on the future for its plant at Kapuni, which is New Zealand's only ammonia-urea facility.
Drivers face massive fuel cost hikes and a ban on petrol and diesel engine vehicles within 15 years, while farmers will have to radically change land use if New Zealand is to become carbon neutral by 2050. Bernard Hickey reports.
There was some good news and some bad news overnight for dairy farmers and the provinces that rely heavily on them such as Southland, South Canterbury, Taranaki, Manawatu, Waikato and Northland.
For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column in which I profile an example of some New Zealand farmers who were able to break out of the commodity trap, thanks to some very special (and expensive) shoes.