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My Daily Digest: December 11, 2020

The small wins matter too This daily digest started just as New Zealand went into lockdown. We thought it was crucial readers had a regular update on what was open, what was not and what was happening in the world.

Thanks to good management and a supreme community spirit we’re out of lockdown and, apart from not being able to travel overseas, most things are back to normal.

The primary industries not only survived but flourished in 2020.

Returns for farmers are pretty good and though it’s difficult to predict the future, the outlook appears to be positive for food producers.

When times get tough people pull together to get through. We’ve seen it nationally as we’ve battled covid-19 and we’ve seen it in our industry as well. 

Hopefully 2021 will be a bit easier for everyone, but we can take heart from the fact that when faced with the challenge of a generation, we’ve made it through.


Bryan Gibson


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