Feilding Herald : October 18th 2012
4 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012 NEWS Minister opens Baker No-Tillage HQ By BOBBIE NICHOLLS Opening the new offices and workshop of Baker No-Tillage in Feilding last week, Minister of Science and Innovation and Economic Development, Steven Joyce spoke of the importance of agriculture technology to the New Zealand export market. Dr John Baker had worked on the technology at Massey University before founding the business 16 years ago. He has been nominated for this year’s World Food Prize, which is awarded to outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. The nomination adds to the grow- ing recognition of the contribution that Dr Baker and the Cross Slot no-tillage technology is making to the sustainability of world food production. Until coming together on the site once occupied by Watties potato factory on Kawakawa Rd, Feilding, the business had been working out of an office on Dr Baker’s farm near Bunnythorpe and a workshop in Feilding. But with a growing workforce, he said it was necessary to come together and the site has provided both offices and workshop space. ‘‘The minister’s willingness to open our facilities reflects his commitment to encouraging innovative businesses in New Zealand and further developing our export trace,’’ Dr Baker said. ‘‘Its important to show the Minis- ter why the United Nations FAO [Food and Agriculture Organisation] considers our no-tillage drills the best in the world.’’ The no-tillage drill developed by Dr Baker and his colleagues from 30 years of research will penetrate crop residues or vegetation on top of the ground and sow seed and fertiliser in different bands at the same time. It causes minimal or low disturb- ance to the soil, traps humidity, preserves the micro-organisms and soil life and largely prevents carbon from escaping into the atmosphere. No-tillage has been likened to keyhole surgery as compared to ploughing and further technology has enabled the technology to be used on all kinds or soil, increasing yields and nearly eliminating crop failure and soil erosion. Rangitikei MP Ian Mckelvie has been using the no-tillage drills on his Tangimoana farm since they were first introduced, and says he would not use any other method. Dr Baker has warned that if conventional ploughing is not replaced by no-tillage within 50 years there will be famine and drought in many areas of the world, a statement which has annoyed long-time traditional ploughmen, but which is supported by the FAO. It was appropriate that Mr Joyce, who is both Minister of Science and Innovation and Minister of Economic Development, opened the site because this business encompasses all these portfolios. Mr Joyce said the potential for New Zealand agri-technology in Asia is huge, where food will be needed to feed populations set to multiply by six times in the foreseeable future. New Zealand cannot feed the world, he said. But we can offer them our brains and our revolutionary technology. Ribbon: Baker No-Tillage general manager Bill Ritchie, Minister Steven Joyce and Dr John Baker at the opening of the company’s new premises in Kawakawa Rd, Feilding. Photo: BOBBIENICHOLLS SPECIALS A FLS AT FIIVE ST EXPORTDR EXPORT DRY 330ML BO TLES 330ML BOTTLES $20 $20 $31 4901930AA 2090 90 HONEY&C 2000 00 42 BEL 42 BELOW 700ML RANGE 700ML RANGE 3190 90 STAR LIQUOR DOZEN WOODSTOCK HONEY & COLA 8% CANS 8%CANS DOZEN $19 $ Bowen St, Feilding 06 323 8335 Locally owned & operated Home of Feilding Draught • Specials available 18/10/12 – 22/10/12 or while stocks last • OPEN 7 DAYS 4934617AB 1990 90 950 50 DOZEN CORBANS HOMESTEAD ORBANS HOMESTEAD 750ML ANGE 750 ML RANGE OODSTOCK $19 QUOR! FLAME 15’S FLAME 15’S 330ML 330ML 1990 90 CODY’S ’S 8%CANS 8% CANS Right Royal Rural Mailbox COMPETITION Be Creative, Have Fun! ENTER NOW Design and build a Rural Letterbox • Must use a Feilding Herald that is visible • Must include a reference to The Dollar City • Letterboxes must be of sturdy construction • Entries to Feilding Herald office by noon Monday 12 November 2012 • The letterbox must have name, address and phone number attached. PRIZES: 1ST 1ST GROUP/FAMILY.....$100 INDIVIDUAL.....$50 2ND INDIVIDUAL.....$50 Letterboxes will be displayed in Manchester Square for the Royal visit. Organisers accept no responsibility for loss or damage to the letterboxes. If not collected within 7 days will be disposed of. Organised by Feilding Promotion Inc. For more information Phone 323 3318.
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