We shouldn’t have a state owned farmer

Stuff reports:

has recorded a net profit after tax of $11.5 million, largely thanks to a $7.4m profit on land sales.

The state-owned enterprise, which Finance Minister Bill English earlier this year described as a “poor investment” although the Government had no intention to sell it off, reported a net operating loss of $9.4m on revenue of $209m for the year ended June 30, 2016.

For the second year in a row it will not pay a dividend to the Government.

Taxpayers should not be owners of a commercial business that buys and sells land and runs dairy farms. There is no public good reason to do so.

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