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Keith Woodford is an independent consultant, based in New Zealand, who works internationally on agri-food systems and rural development projects. He holds honorary positions as Professor of Agri-Food Systems at Lincoln University, New Zealand, and as Senior Research Fellow at the Contemporary China Research Centre at Victoria University, Wellington.



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5 February 2020


CAA Levy yet another cost on farmers


The Government is continuing to pile costs on to farmers, this time with a new levy on topdressers, National’s Agriculture spokesperson Todd Muller says.


“The new safety levy from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) proposes much higher costs for aircrafts that are being used for topdressing, measured on a per tonne basis.


“This means the cost for fixed wing topdressing is almost five times what it would be for taking passengers.


“The New Zealand Agricultural Aviation Association (NZAAA) has said this could add $3000 to the cost of spreading lime over a large hill country farm.


“This equates to yet another cost being loaded on to farmers by this Government.


“The CAA is also investigating imposing a further levy on fertiliser or chemical spreading for environmental obligations, despite there already being a levy in place for the purchase of chemicals.


“Farmer confidence is at all-time lows and this is a result of Government policies such as the Freshwater proposals, proposed entry into the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and encouraging tree planting over pastoral farming.


“These constant costs are doing damage to what is a highly vulnerable sector and will damage our competitive advantage as a country.”

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19 December 2019




Fonterra is pleased to appoint Teh-Han Chow as its interim CEO Greater China.


Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell says the creation of this new role on the Fonterra Management Team reflects the importance of the China market to the Co-op and it will sit alongside the other regional CEO roles for AMENA, Kelvin Wickham, and APAC, Judith Swales.


“Teh-Han, who is currently our President NZMP for Greater China and South East Asia, has agreed to take on this responsibility in an interim capacity while we work through the recruitment process for a permanent CEO Greater China.


“Teh-Han is a proven food sector executive, with extensive experience leading large organisations across Consumer and Ingredients businesses. During his time at Fonterra he’s demonstrated his ability to grow a business by putting customers front and centre, which is exactly what our new operating model is about.”


Before joining Fonterra in 2015, Teh-Han was the CEO of Louis Dreyfus in China, a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods. He was also Managing Director Greater China for Simplot, a food and agribusiness company.

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24 January 2020

Media Release by the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ)

New proposal on WTO agricultural subsidies reform welcomed

A proposal by the Cairns Group of major agriculture exporting countries for further reforms to the rules around WTO agricultural subsidies is being welcomed by the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ).  The proposal, announced by the Cairns Group in Davos today, would cap and at least halve all forms of trade and production distorting agricultural subsidy entitlements by 2030.

“The need for further reform of domestic support rules has long been a key trade concern for unsubsidised dairy producers and exporters who bear a disproportionate cost associated with the distortions they cause in agricultural markets” says DCANZ Chairman Malcolm Bailey. 

Subsidies mask price signals to subsidised producers, preventing an efficient response to price signals and suppressing global market prices.  The FAO has estimated this price suppression in dairy markets to be between 10-60% depending on the product involved.

Such an initiative could also have environmental benefits.  OECD studies have also shown that trade and production distorting agricultural subsidies cause environmental harm as they encourage inefficient use of inputs or increased production in geographies with higher relative environmental footprints. 

Current WTO rules allow some types of agricultural trade and production distorting subsidy entitlements to grow as the value of production grows.  Globally these subsidy entitlements grew from USD $341 billion in 2001 to USD $772 billion in 2016, with most of the entitlements concentrated in just a handful of countries.  Without new disciplines they could reach USD $2 trillion by 2030. 

“The broad global commitment that already exists for the UN Sustainable Development Goals should form a solid foundation enabling WTO membership to accept and move forward with the Cairns Group proposal” says Bailey. 

“The Sustainable Development Goals include correcting and preventing trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets as a key action to assist in ending hunger”. 

It is important that capping and halving trade and production distorting agricultural subsidies occurs both in aggregate across all agricultural production and at a product specific level.  In the absence of product-specific caps there is a risk that the current pattern of subsidy concentration for certain products, like dairy, continuing. 

“An absence of product-specific caps could mean outcomes that fall short of their intent” says Bailey.  “We encourage all WTO Members to further consider the benefits of product-specific outcomes, as an essential means of delivering increased certainty for farmers and the wider agriculture sector”.

A broad range of global dairy industry participants formally recognised the Sustainable Development Goals as ‘the overarching framework to guide actions towards sustainable development from an economic, social and environmental perspective’ in the 2016 Global Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam.  DCANZ hopes this will translate into broad global industry support for this clear and sensible proposal to achieve a key implementing action of the Sustainable Development Goal to end hunger. 


Fonterra Shareholders' Council releases report on financial performance



Please find attached a report of Fonterra’s financial performance since its inception in 2001.

This work, commissioned by Fonterra’s Shareholders’ Council, came about in response to a heightened level of commentary within the supplier base, media and the financial community in relation to the perceived performance of Fonterra since it was formed in 2001. The report has been prepared by an independent corporate advisory firm and provides a view of actual performance over the last 17 years based on sound methodology and relevant financial information.

“The Council’s goal is the creation of long term value for our Farmer Shareholders,” says Council Chairman Duncan Coull. “We believe our report on the results of the review provides an impartial and reliable overview of where we’ve come from, with a view to moving forward positively and effectively. It will be a useful input into the ongoing discussions about our Co-op’s continued evolution.”


For more information contact:

Duncan Coull


Fonterra Shareholders Council

Ph: 0274 727 110

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