GlobalHQ’s home base of Manawatu-Whanganui topped the charts that take into account employment, retail sales, house prices, wages, new car sales and construction.
The talk was that the food production sector would carry the load through the covid-19 doldrums and now rural communities are walking the walk.
Gross Domestic Product numbers out later this week are also expected to show that while all sectors are contracting, our food and fibre exports are holding up the best.
There are still issues for primary producers – protectionism and nationalism, the cost of freight, and increasing regulation at home – but in the big picture there’s plenty more to be optimistic about.
NZ food is in demand and that doesn’t appear to be changing
Steady numbers in lower north
Manawatu-Whanganui was the best performing region of the country economically in the June quarter as the nature of its economy helped weather the covid-19 storm, ASB says.
Collins says Govt dropped UK FTA ball
National leader Judith Collins charged the Government with dropping the ball on a free-trade agreement with the UK after Japan struck a post-Brexit deal but Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker called her claim “embarrassing.”
Small Rural Equities open buybacks
Rural Equities directors are offering a small share buyback to shareholders who want to exit the farming corporate.
Health of future cows will boost resilience
The climate smart cow of the future will rely at least as much upon good health for her resilience and robustness as she will upon genetic traits for heat tolerance.
Greens hit the regen button
A fertiliser levy, tighter nitrogen (N) limits and a ban on palm kernel may have farmers scrambling for feed alternatives, should the Green’s agricultural policy come into play post-election.
Tonight on Sarah’s Country
7.10pm – Green party co-leader James Shaw outlines his plan to transition to more sustainable farming systems, which includes almost $300 million in funding for farmers.
7.20pm – Hundreds of like-minded farmers have been working together alongside trusted experts in facilitating small groups as part of the Red Meat Profit Partnership. Chair Malcolm Bailey will explain how this has resulted in a lift of annual total farm profit.
7.30pm – AgriTraining is providing free retraining and support to kiwis hit by unemployment due to covid-19. The programme gave Mark Harnden the foundation skills to land a job.
7.40pm – Verified sustainable production right across supply chains is key to New Zealand beef improving its standing on the world stage, says NZ Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (NZRSB) chair Grant Bunting.