I would like to congratulate the organizing committee for another hugely successful Southern Field Days at Waimumu last week.

With over 32,000 people attending, it has become established as the biggest and best agricultural and agri-business event in the South Island.

The government recognizes that food production and security of supply is going to continue to be a major export earner for New Zealand for the long-term.  We have recently strengthened our biosecurity structures with Government Industry Agreements to give our trading partners confidence in our ability to respond to disease outbreaks.

The Foundation for Arable Research and Dairy NZ are working hard on the benefits of arable crop rotations in dairy systems to control nutrient leaching.

Waimumu showed the strength of our agricultural heart.  The Government is working hard to ensure we maximize this success in trade markets.