MPI survey findings evidence to support red meat PGP

Mike Petersen, B+LNZ Ltd chairman.The findings of a Ministry for Primary Industries survey of technology transfer is more evidence of why farmers should want the red meat PGP to go ahead, says Beef + Lamb NZ chairman Mike Petersen.

The MPI survey says technology transfer has enabled farmers and growers to become world leaders in primary production during three decades of significant structural change. But the sector could now do with a boost because there are too few professionals and they need to be better linked to provide a more integrated approach to sharing new knowledge and information.

“This initiative runs right through our PGP programme that is bringing together the major meat companies, two banks and an accounting firm in this unprecedented collaboration. Collating the best information and knowledge and plotting new ways to get it out to farmers through accredited and trusted advisors is a significant part of the programme,” says Petersen.

Sheep and beef farmers are currently being asked for permission to use $2.8 million a year of New Zealand Meat Board and B+LNZ reserves for the next seven years in a programme that has a total value of $65 million.

“We’ve already secured $32.4 million from the government and $13.2 million from the other industry partners. Now we need a supportive vote from farmers to release some of the reserves which are able to be used for strategic projects like this.”

Petersen said the MPI report outlined that it was evident from the performance of the top farmers that improving farm management skills across all New Zealand farmers would achieve productivity gains – and that’s from using technologies that already exist.

The MPI economic analysis indicates that lifting the average performance of pastoral farmers to that of the top 25 percent could be worth $3 billion a year to the economy.

Farmers have until 8 March to vote. Visit www.beeflambnz.com/pgp for more information.

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