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This page will be updated as issue arise through the campaign.  Check back here for my responses.

Biotechnology

At the Farmer Forums and last years AGM, the Board sought farmer views on whether we should invest reserve funds into biotechnology to improve the prosperity of farmers.  This consultation has been ongoing and will continue through the new round of Farmer Forum meetings in February 2001 and onto the AGM in March.

In the last year, so as not to be left behind, the Board has formed a company called Agritech Investments Ltd to recommend to Meat NZ where investment opportunities maybe for it to invest.

This is a huge issue, but for me the key to looking at it further has been the undertaking that no transgenic products will enter the food chain.

The Meat NZ policy is based on being market focused.  It is about undertaking gene discovery and gaining IP and undertaking ongoing risk management.

We must not lose sight of our natural production systems, and this is were I see our real marketing advantage to the world.  I dont believe we will be rich as a country by trying to feed the masses but rather by being very good niche marketers to the wealthy of the world who want the finest food.  What sort of food products are they likely to require?

I would really like to get your views on this subject so that I can fairly represent them.  

Should we be using $35-40 million dollars in the next 3 years of your reserves to invest in gene discovery so as to maybe find the genes responsible for facial eczema or foot rot.  

Please let me know your thoughts!

 

 

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Last modified: January 30, 2001