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.

Arable Contacts

Whats been happening

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. ..

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...