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My Daily Digest: March 8, 2021

Better to adapt than be left behind  A report out today by software company Raygun states that five years’ worth of technological transformation occurred in just eight weeks last year because of covid-19.

Essentially, businesses were forced to evolve to things like working from home or providing more e-commerce options.

They say it’s set to continue as productivity gains are banked.

In some respects New Zealand was a little behind the times when it came to adopting online behaviours.

Our meat, for instance, is increasingly bought online by consumers overseas but not many people here do the same. 

Covid-19 has massively changed the way the world works. We’ve found workarounds out of necessity but many of them will stick.

The trick for food exporters is to move quickly to seize these new opportunities.

 

Bryan Gibson

 

Ngāi Tahu takes stake in miniature apple company

Ngāi Tahu Holdings has taken a 6% stake in Rockit Global, lifting its combined stake to 15% of the miniature apple company following a successful capital raise.

 

 

Concern over Hawke’s Bay soil conditions

Soil moisture levels in Hawke’s Bay are at levels comparable with this time last year, but farm conditions are not as dire.

 

 

B+LNZ on MfE carbon report discrepancies

A dispute over the volume of carbon sequestered on sheep and beef farms could result in new methodology adopted that more accurately reflects what is happening on farms.

 

 

NZRSB board nominations open ahead of AGM

The New Zealand Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (NZRSB) is calling for board nominations ahead of its 2021 conference and annual meeting.

 

 

NZ Rural Games kick off this weekend

The New Zealand Rural Games are back with a focus on youth this year.

 

 

Tonight on Sarah’s Country: News Maker Monday

 

BNZ’s head of natural capital Dana Muir discusses New Zealand’s first farm sustainability-linked loan and will explain why capital incentives can deliver financial and environmental benefits. 

We also hear how we can continue to reduce on-farm accidents. WorkSafe’s Engagement Lead Al McCone will explain the new regulations.

Then RuralWeather’s Phil Duncan will share his insights on the latest long-range weather forecast, followed by Beef + Lamb NZ chief executive Sam McIvor’s take on the Ministry for the Environment’s report on the extent of carbon sequestration.

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