Monday, June 18, 2012

Fieldays 2012: Another Success!

As the gates closed on the 44th New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays, it was obvious that the biggest event on our farming calendar was another success.

The largest agricultural showcase in the Southern Hemisphere saw over 128,000 visitors flock to Mystery Creek for the four-day event - a nine per cent increase in attendance on last year and a triumph for organisers and exhibitors.

I opened Fieldays on Wednesday and enjoyed a full day at the event before returning on Friday with the Prime Minister for another big day. What I noticed as we wandered around was the positive attitude of many farmers. They are confident about their future and they know they’re producing a superior product that’s in demand all around the world. This is great to see.

I spoke to a German visitor and asked him whether this was his first visit to Fieldays. He told me he’d been each year for the last 20 years which shows great commitment and demonstates that Fieldays are much more than a New Zealand event!

Fieldays are a great opportunity to show how good our primary producers and manufacturers really are. If you want to see the engine room of our economy running at full steam, I really encourage you to book a trip to Mystery Creek for Fieldays 2013.

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