Success brewing for south
Joyce predicts farm productivity liftNICCI MCDOUGALL
The minister of economic development expects agricultural productivity to increase in Southland.
Steven Joyce was in Invercargill yesterday visiting businesses to talk about economic development. That included paying a call to Invercargill Brewery.
Joyce said he expected a surge in productivity in the agriculture and fisheries sectors in Southland. He also expected a continued increase in the wood-processing sector and from niche companies that were manufacturing, as well as the food and beverage sector.
On his second visit to the city as minister, Joyce said the city's small businesses were in a stronger position than 18 months ago, but the challenges of attracting more people to live and work in the region remained.
Focusing on learning and natural resources and supporting innovation would all help towards attracting more people, he said.
There were large opportunities in Southland and the unemployment rate was low, he said.
Southland was one of the biggest export regions in the country - including dairy, forestry and aluminium - and manufacturers and several businesses were exporting successfully, he said.
Another challenge across the country was that retail was not experiencing as much of an upsurge as the rest of the economy because Kiwis were saving more, he said.
His visit continues today.
- The Southland Times