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New Zealanders Request More Ag Science Funding

10 September 2014

NEW ZEALAND – Primary industries define New Zealand’s position in the world, but financial aid is required in order for full potential to be reached.

This is according to Federated Farmers of New Zealand launching its General Election Manifesto in which it called on a NZ$600 million over the next three years.

“We are looking for a major investment in our collective future,” said Federation President Dr William Rolleston to an audience at Canterbury’s Lincoln University.

“It is about embracing New Zealand’s future as a primary superpower.

“If you seeking an economic strategy then New Zealand leadership in the biggest industry on earth provides it.”

He warned farmers against complacency, underlining that science still remains the critical part of the country’s prosperity.

Agriculture is the main driver of the economy, he added.

“If New Zealand is to have a world-class economy it needs world class investments to develop technologies, crops, feed and animals that will not only ensure our country remains globally competitive, but embraces our once and future role as a primary super power.”

“Our Manifesto is about building a sustainable farm system giving us the collective means to go forward as a nation,” Dr Rolleston concluded.

Michael Priestley

Michael Priestley
News Team - Editor

Mainly production and market stories on ruminants sector. Works closely with sustainability consultants at FAI Farms


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