The Positive Habit

At the start of the year, people across the globe sweep the previous year under the rug, dust off the running shoes, usually vow to eat more greens and live a healthier life.

 

Endless lists of New Year’s resolutions are made and while some have every intention of lasting the whole 12 months, many get completely forgotten, or alternatively, are so unrealistic that they were never attainable in the first place.
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Rockhampton shines in China

Recently Powers Agribusiness and Finance were invited to be part of a small trade delegation from the Rockhampton region to exhibit at the fifth annual Agricultural Expo in Huizhou China.

The Expo took place Huizhou City in Guangdong China on the 24th, 25th and 26th of November and the event attracted over 350 thousand visitors.
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Agriculture 2017 Wrap Up

 

Well, they say that as you get older, the years go quicker. It seems like only yesterday that I was giving a wrap up for the year that was 2016. To say the year has gone quickly would be an understatement.

So what were the highlights of 2017 and what have we got to look forward to in 2018?
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Agriculture Needs Innovation, Not Levies

New Zealand is currently in the grip of “Election Fever”. From the outside looking in, the financial position of our close neighbours is very similar to that of our own in 2007 just before John Howard took us to the polls.

 

Their economy is strong, with the growth rate of 4%, unemployment is below 5%, and Government debt has reduced significantly. Put simply, New Zealand is in a boom.
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Energy Efficient Finance

We have seen a continuing debate for some years about climate change, controlling energy emissions and the need for cleaner energy. This continued debate has once again been launched into the spotlight recently with the Adani Mine in Queensland and the need to develop effective alternative energy sources to traditional fossil fuel power generation.

The good news is that lenders are now helping businesses reduce their energy costs and environmental footprint by providing financial solutions for energy efficient equipment, to suit a variety of business needs, often at discounted interest rates.
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Embracing Innovation

It seems the latest buzz words in the agricultural world are ‘sustainability’ and ‘social licence’. Achieving sustainability in farming and grazing systems is under constant scrutiny today due to the environmental aspects associated with the industry.

It is estimated that by 2050, our world population will have increased by an enormous amount. We will have to increase food production by some 70% from where it is now to feed everyone, however, there will also be a much higher demand for water and a lot less arable land available.
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