Labour ministers are beating the farming drum (as never before).
On stage at the Fieldays at Mystery Creek, one of the first out of the block (given the absence of Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor negotiating free trade in London with the UK) was Oceans and Fisheries Minister David Parker.
He was singing the praises of the sector, which might have come as a surprise to many within the farming industry, who have found the strictures he has delivered from his Environment portfolio rather hard to digest.
Parker used the Fieldays platform to talk up the sector which he declared had performed remarkably well in the face of Covid-19.
“NZ’s farmers, growers, fishers, processors, makers, and crafters have risen to the challenges that 2021 has presented”.
Farming exports are forecast to hit a record $49.1bn, up 3.4% over the next year, and The Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries report says by June 2025 the sector’s exports are forecast to reach $53.1bn. Continue reading “Look who’s singing the farm sector’s praises – none other than the Minister whose environmental rules constrain them”