Meat & Livestock News

New Directions in New Zealand’s Farming: Prioritising Value

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New Zealand’s farming strategy is evolving. The emphasis is shifting from increasing production to enhancing the quality and value of agricultural products. This is a significant departure from traditional practices in the sector.

Government Transition and Pandemic Influence

The changeover from Labour to the National Party has brought fresh viewpoints to agriculture. Damien O’Connor, the former Agriculture Minister, underscores the sector’s fortitude during COVID-19. New Zealand’s rigorous border controls, while contentious, were pivotal in safeguarding both the industry and its people.

Global Trade and New Zealand

New Zealand has successfully forged key international trade agreements, notably with China, the UK, and the EU. These deals have lessened tariffs on major exports like dairy and meats, aiding market diversification and reducing dependence on any single market.

Agriculture in the Era of Climate Change

The country is preparing for an agricultural future that focuses on adding value, not merely quantity, in response to climate change. This strategy is in line with sustainable farming practices and adapting to global environmental shifts.

Shifting Trends in Livestock

There’s been a noticeable change in livestock numbers, with a decrease in sheep but an increase in dairy cattle. This reflects the changing priorities and methods in New Zealand’s farming.

New Zealand’s agricultural sector is navigating towards a future of sustainable and diverse growth. By adding value and diversifying markets, and with a proactive stance on environmental issues, the sector is well-placed to face future global challenges.