Fieldays a success despite rural struggle

  • 19/06/2016
Fieldays a success despite rural struggle

Fieldays, the four-day annual agricultural show, has been declared a success even though some rural sectors like dairying are struggling.

More than 130,000 people went to Fieldays, including 500 from 42 different countries. The event is estimated to boost the New Zealand economy by about $400 million.

A wide range of ministers and MPs attended the Fieldays including Prime Minister John Key and ministers Bill English, Steven Joyce, Paula Bennett, Jonathan Coleman, Todd McClay, Jo Goodhew and Louise Upston.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has congratulated the National Fieldays Society for another successful event at Mystery Creek in Waikato.

The event finished on Saturday.

The Situation Outlook for Primary Industries 2016 released at Fieldays proves how diversified the sector has become, Mr Guy says.

"While dairy export returns are lower, overall revenue has grown by $1 billon to nearly $37 billion.

"Strong growth in horticulture, beef, wool, forestry, food processing, and seafood exports shows the primary sector in good heart," he said.