New Zealand farmer confidence has continued to edge higher,
but the gulf between dairy farmers and sheep and beef farmers
in terms of self-assessed viability continues, the latest
Rabobank rural confidence survey shows.
Economic development organisation Venture Southland hopes to
know soon whether it has been able to attract external
funding for an ambitious project to develop a high-value oat
production and food processing industry in the province.
High country farmers traditionally face two significant
challenges - the harsh conditions in which they must wrest a
living from the land and how to make it pay for their
children and their children's children.