June 27, 2013
Miraka funded for new product development
Māori-owned milk processing company Miraka and one of its shareholders, Mangakino-based agribusiness Wairarapa Moana Incorporation, have teamed up with Agresearch to develop dairy health products.
The project will receive $1,75 million over the next three years from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Whai Hua primary growth partnership fund.
It will work with customers in Asia and New Zealand to develop the develop natural probiotic dairy milk products targeting health-conscious consumers.
Wairarapa Moana and Wai Hua Chair Kingi Smiler says the programme should generate more than $8 million a year in economic benefits to the country by 2021.
He says it will also give Māori agribusinesses the experience and skill needed to invest in higher valued foods and differentiated products for Asian markets.
Ko ngā Ahuwhenua Māori
Kei te mahi tahi te ūmanga Māori ō Miraka ki a Agresearch ki te whakaputa kai ora.
Kei te tautokohia tā rāua kaupapa e te Manatu Rāngai mahi Tuatahi, ki te kotahi ira kati whitu miriona tāra.
Hei tā Kingi Smiler ō Miraka, ko te whāinga ia kia puta he kai ora i ngā whare kau hei kai mā te hunga e whakaaro nui ana ki te oranga ō ō rātou tīnana.
Hei tāna ano, e waru miriona tāra te hua-ā-pūtea ka puta ki te ohanga ō te motu, ia tau.
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