|dc.contributor.author||Barron, T. R.||
|dc.description||The New Zealand Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme develops emerging agribusiness leaders to help shape the future of New Zealand agribusiness and rural affairs. Lincoln University has been involved with this leaders programme since 1979 when it was launched with a grant from the Kellogg Foundation, USA.||en
|dc.description.abstract||The traditional forms of agriculture in New Zealand have been
providing an ever diminishing return for its primary participants -
the meat, wool and dairy farmer.
Diversification has been the popular call to farmers. There are
two very basic flaws in this "idea" which fundamentally preclude our
farmers from major worthwhile changes in direction:
(a) Diversification takes time - years to
achieve. (Apart from which much farmland is
not suitable to much else but pastoral
(b) Financial constraints - if he could afford
to spend the money major diversification needs,
the farmer wouldn't need to diversify!
The net effect of this is that the institutions, organisations and
individuals involved with farming have busied themselves with piecemeal
and short-term "band-aid" solutions. This, rather than trying to
devise a much broader approach to re-aligning the economy at large.
There has been a general failure to approach agriculture as a vital
and integral part of our total society/economy.
With greater access to funds the city businessman has been best
placed to take advantage of a sitution requiring large cash inputs,
tax write downs and at the end of it all, a return on his capital.
As a consequence, the lead in the diversification stakes has often
been taken by the so called "Queen Street farmer" - e.g. kiwifruit
This in turn has meant that subdivision of his land has usually been
the farmers "best" means of diversification.
The goat industry - fibre based as opposed to dairy - is the latest
such industry to attract the big city dollars.||en
|dc.publisher||Lincoln University. Faculty of Commerce. Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme.||en
|dc.relation.ispartofseries||Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme report||en
|dc.rights||Copyright © The Author.||en
|dc.title||A commentary on the goat industry||en
|lu.contributor.unit||Kellogg Rural Leaders||en
|dc.subject.anzsrc||070107 Farming Systems Research||en
|dc.subject.anzsrc||0702 Animal Production||en