Feeding The World

Eric Roy

The news that New Zealand meat is now moving off the wharves and into Chinese stores is welcome.  In the last 30 years, China has become a major consumer of our agribusiness.

The challenge over the next 20 years will not be about countries competing to meet a limited demand for high-quality food – it will be about countries striving to ensure there is enough supply.

Fonterra, for example, has three large dairy farms in Hebei Province and is currently developing two more to complete a hub. Its longer-term goal is to produce produce 1billion litres of high-quality milk in China by 2018.

The future for Southland and New Zealand – across all foods, not just dairy – is in partnering with other people and other countries in our region.

We are already doing that and will continue to do so in the future.

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