Arable

The arable industry is a small, but vital part of New Zealand’s primary industries.  Traditionally, the arable industry focused on production of cereal crops (wheat, barley and maize) and rye grass seed, but in recent years to optimise profitability and productivity, the industry has diversified to include production of other cereal grain crops, specialist small seed and vegetable crops, forage brassicas, and seed for multiplication.  New Zealand’s weed, pest and disease free status means that arable farmers are world leaders in seed production for multiplication onto the international market.  Growers of cereal grains supply 25 per cent of wheat used to produce New Zealand bread, all beer made in New Zealand is produced using domestically produced malting barley.  Growers also produce a significant amount of feed which goes into the livestock industry and also produce all the pasture grasses used by this sector. According to the BERL report, the arable industry contributed $737m to GDP in 2015.

The views of members of the Arable Industry Group are represented by the Industry Group Council (consisting of Arable Chairpersons from most Federated Farmers provinces), an elected Executive and Chairperson.  Federated Farmers Arable focuses on developing sensible policy to influence local, regional and central Government, wider industry and community groups.  Activities of recent years include:

  • Biosecurity including velvetleaf, pea weevil and blackgrass responses, and submitting on draft Import Health Standards of interest
  • Ensuring that the fire permitting for crop residue burning is fit for purpose and meets the needs of all parties involved
  • Seed certification
  • Review of the Plant Variety Rights Act
  • Arable Industry Promotion.

To contact a member of the Executive, Council or Industry Group Policy Advisor please click here.

Arable Industry Group News

Reminder - Arable Events Registration

Posted on 14/06/2021
Arable, Herbage and Wheatgrower events – last week to register!

Climate Change Commission's final report - What Feds thinks

Posted on 11/06/2021
It came out on Wednesday afternoon, it's 419 pages long and we took our time to go through it and think about how our members will be affected by the goals, challenges and recommendations it makes. There will be much more discussion of this report ov

Register for the immigration changes zoom presentations

Posted on 9/06/2021
Immigration New Zealand will soon introduce a new system whereby employers wanting to hire any number of migrants on the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) must first obtain employer accreditation with Immigration New Zealand (INZ).

Arable Industry Policy Work

It would be a crime if you didn't do this survey

Posted on 2/05/2021
Thank you to the over 700 members who have responded to the Rural Crime Survey so far. ..

Submission on the Water Services Bill

Posted on 2/03/2021
We have mixed views on this Bill. We have significant concerns with the drinking water provisions which we believe may well have a deleterious impact on small rural water supplies...

Action for healthy waterways - Update

Posted on 27/08/2020
As previously advised, significant freshwater regulations were released by the government on 5 August 2020...

Arable Reports

Arable Reports from the 2020 AGM

Posted on 4/08/2020

Factsheets

Crop Residue Burning Help Factsheet

Posted on 20/02/2019
Federated Farmers and Fire and Emergency New Zealand have developed a step by step guide to explain the application process...

SGRR GIA Information

Posted on 18/10/2018
A Government Industry Agreement for the Cropping Industry

Oil and Gas Exploration activities on Private Land

Posted on 29/09/2017
Oil & gas: exploration activities on private land - minimum impact activity

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