Farmers Optimistic About Next 2 Years: Survey

Farmers are optimistic about the next 24 months according to a survey completed at the 2012 Northland Field Days last week.

People who passed by the ODDJOB PR site were asked to write what they thought would happen in agriculture in the next two years on a post it and place it on a cork board.

More than 50 people took part in the survey with many optimistic about the future for the next 24 months.

According to Gareth Gillatt, ODDJOB PR owner, Gareth Gillatt the early season has been kind and prices for most New Zealand produce continues to be at an all-time high.

“Farmers are looking forward to a good next few seasons,” said Mr Gillatt. “This should flow through to a positive outlook for the rest of the country.”

The event saw a record 25000 people walk through the gate this year.

According to Mr Gillatt most of the site holders he had talked to had commented that farmers were definitely spending.

“Exhibitors have told me that farmers have come out with a shopping list and they’re looking to buy,” said Mr Gillatt. “That is the exact opposite to last year where farmers were battling tough weather and soft farmgate produce prices.”

Margaret Bishop from Newman Engineering shows off a 5.4 meter landplane custom designed and built for a Northland farmer

Other messages shared by people taking part on the survey were concerns about the environment and foreign ownership.

This has resulted in increased interest in alternative energy sources with a high number of solar panels and wind generators being made available at the event, with many exhibitors saying there had been a great amount of interest in their products.

The SolarPeak display was rarely without potential customers throughout the three-day event

“A lot of things have happened in the last five years and I think farmers know that they will start to make their presence known in the next three years.”

To learn more about the Northland Field days visit the Northland Field Days website or to find out what happened at the 2012 event read this blog post.