The Ministry of Primary Industries’ refusal to take action over the abuse of bobby calves despite being warned five years ago, shows the super Ministry is incapable of properly overseeing the sector, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.
“It has been revealed that a 2011 report raised serious issues about the abuse of bobby calves on some dairy farms.
The refusal of Fonterra to speak to media over the last two days about the slump in the milk price and overdue payment to contractors is outrageous, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.
“New Zealand’s economy is dependent on Fonterra’s good management.
Fonterra’s announcement today confirms fears its capital restructure would leave the co-operative and its farmer shareholders fighting over ever decreasing payouts, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.
“The dilemma for Fonterra is whether to reduce its debt or help its struggling farmer shareholders.
Landcorp had no choice but to dump its plan to convert forestry land for 30,000 cows because of the poor short and medium term outlook for the dairy price, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.
“The decision not to convert 14500ha of former forestry land north of Taupo is a no brainer. With the global milk glut, New Zealand doesn’t need a significant increase in the supply of diary
The Government needs to crack down on foreign companies that are buying up forests and selling logs overseas, leaving local sawmills short on supply, says Labour’s Forestry spokesman Stuart Nash.
“There’s no point in shipping logs overseas for processing when there’s local sawmills that can do the job. These businesses have invested in their mills for the long term, creating good local jobs, and should be assured of supply.
The Customs Minister is in La La land if she thinks seven Customs officers can monitor all drug traffickers at the border when they have to assess 2,000 passengers an hour at Auckland International Airport, says Labour’s Customs spokesperson Rino Tirikatene.
“Nicky Wagner needs to set her sights higher if she believes that stopping one in 10 attempts to smuggle drugs into New Zealand is a success.
“The cost of this failure is more 'P' on the street and increased havoc in our communities.
The Government must reinforce front line fisheries officers to manage New Zealand’s fishing stocks more closely following a controversial new report which claims the country’s catch has been underestimated for years, says Labour's Fisheries spokesperson Rino Tirikatene.
“The British Columbia University global report has been disputed by the fishing sector but it has highlighted the small number of fisheries managers in our biggest catch area, the South Island.
"The front line of fisheries management is increasingly stretched with significant under resourcing. In 2004, there were 140 full-time fishery officers, and despite increasing fishing activity since then, there are now only 101. Bulking up our fishing officers is essential and having more active engagement with the fishing sector will also increase compliance.