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

South Island Freshwater Farm Plan/Low Slope Map consultations moved to webinars

Posted on 20/09/2021
Freshwater Farm Plan/Low Slope Map Consultations

MPI finds velvetleaf seed in imported radish seed

Posted on 11/09/2021
Advice from the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Velvetleaf Management Programme Steering Group

Guidance for AQ re-certified crops

Posted on 8/09/2021
We have noted some confusion around the information requirements when completing applications for crops that have previously been submitted for certification.

Arable Industry Policy Work

Submission on the Natural and Built Environments Bill: Parliamentary Paper

Posted on 11/08/2021
The Environment Select Committee is currently reviewing the Exposure Draft of the Natural and Built Environments Bill. FF lodged an extensive submission on the Bill as it is intended to be the primary replacement for the RMA.

New Season Farm Confidence Report July 2021

Posted on 9/08/2021
This report summarises the July 2021 Federated Farmers’ Mid-Season Farm Confidence survey results. The survey is undertaken twice a year (January and July); this study is the 25th iteration.

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. ..

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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