Agcarm was set up in 1948 as a trade group within the New Zealand Manufacturers’ Federation, now part of Business New Zealand.
The first meeting took place in Wellington on January 29, 1948.
Why the name?
We were first named the New Zealand Agricultural Chemical Manufacturers’ Federation. This became the Agricultural Chemical and Animal Remedy Manufacturers Association, which was shortened to Agcarm.
Why was Agcarm established?
A driving force behind our establishment was the Stock Remedies Board which came into being, along with new regulations in January 1948. Other important issues were stock food regulations, shipping rates and the need for prompter action by government laboratories in testing various samples and new products submitted by member firms.
One of the earliest presidents was Mr D.A. Watkins who in 1955 described Agcarm’s aim as building “a sound industry that is closely connected with and has a full understanding of, the primary industries of this country. It is our aim to serve the farmer, orchardist and market gardener and, of course, that very important section of the public, the home gardener”.
Individuals and firms were eligible for membership if they were actively manufacturing:
(i) Stock remedies as defined in the Stock-Remedies Act 1934 and subsequent amendments or;
(ii) Insecticides, (including domestic insecticides), fungicides, weedicides and growth regulating chemicals
At our first annual general meeting, members set a subscription of two pounds two shillings (about $160 in 2014 terms) per member firm. It was estimated that Agcarm’s total income on this basis would be approximately £70 ($5,000).
|1961-63||J.N. Fitzgerald (life member)|
|1973-75||F.E. O’Sullivan (life member)|
|1980-82||R.N. Paxman (life member)|
|1984-86||R.W. Moffat (life member)|
|1988-90||F.N. Sumich (life member)|
|1990-92||D.D. McPhail (life member)|
|1996-98||Ross Hore (life member)|
|2000 (Oct)-2001||R Sara|