Biosecurity

Biosecurity champs announced

[13 November/Rural News] An Environment Southland project has been announced as the winner of the New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award organised by Biosecurity New Zealand.  The Fiordland Marine Pathway Management Plan project is a first of its kind project in New Zealand and it aims to protect one of New Zealand’s most significant regions from...

MPI ‘on the right track’ in plan to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease from New Zealand

[5 November/NZ Farmer] MPI believe that they will know by early December whether they are on the right track to eliminate Mycoplasma bovis when the latest round of bulk milk testing will be completed and the results analysed by a team of international experts. There are currently 33 infected properties and 42 properties which MPI...

Farmers urged to have their say on changes to animal tracing system

[30 October/Stuff] Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, has opened a consultation round on proposed improvements to the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme.  The Minister said that the scheme should have worked better during the initial stages of the Mycoplasma Bovis response, adding that he determined to make changes to the scheme to make it...

Potato virus cannot be eradicated

[22 October/Radio NZ] Potato growers have accepted the reality that the potato mop top virus will remain in their midst. The virus was not a hazard to health, but lowered growth in potato plants and therefore reduced the yield from a crop. Potatoes New Zealand and Biosecurity New Zealand stated the disease could not be...

Biosecurity is a community effort

[17 October/Farmers Weekly] Many groups have come together in the Bay of Plenty to form New Zealand’s first biosecurity coalition. It was aimed at increasing individual responsibility for keeping pests and diseases beyond the border. The initiative was called the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital initiative and was launched amid hopes for it to become an...

Potato virus no threat to chip supply

[11 October/Stuff] Testing for the potato mop-top virus has been extended, however there would still be enough chips for the summer. It was discovered in potatoes grown in Canterbury last month. Potatoes New Zealand and Biosecurity New Zealand said 18 farms in the region had been added to the suspect list. Potatoes New Zealand said...

Plant & Food Research has special role for native birds

[11 October/The Country] Plant & Food Research would lead a team to undertake a study to determine if native birds could function as nature’s pest control agents. They would catch and release native birds that are currently present in apple, wine grape, berry, and plum orchards and identify insect DNA from their faeces to determine...

Biosecurity workshops for farmers in wake of survey

[2 October/Rural Life] Beef + Lamb New Zealand intend to roll out biosecurity workshops to assist farmers start and improve their on-farm biosecurity plans. More than half of New Zealand’s sheep and beef farmers had made changes to reduce the risk of their stock becoming infected with Mycoplasma bovis. Other changes included increased focus on...

Wasp could sting pest beetle population

[3 October/Stuff] Scientists said a tiny wasp could stop an Australian beetle chewing through millions of dollars in forestry profits every year. Scion, the Crown Research Institute, have applied to release a parasitoid wasp to control the eucalyptus tortoise beetle. The Environmental Protection Authority would consider the application to introduce the Eadya daenerys wasp which...

A biosecurity team of 4.7 million

[28 September/Rural News] Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, wanted every New Zealander to contribute towards biosecurity as part of the Ko Tatou This Is Us campaign. It was an independent biosecurity brand aimed to connect New Zealanders to help protect the country from pests and diseases. Mr O’Connor said with biosecurity in the spotlight due to...

Only two regions disease-free

[20 September/Rural News] Latest data from MPI indicates that Mycoplasma bovis is currently confirmed to have infected 37 farms. Eight were in the North Island, and 29 in the South Island. Twenty-one of the farms were beef farms and 14 were dairy. Notices of Direction, which are applied to farms where test results are pending...

Fish & Game asks anglers to help avoid M. bovis spread

[20 September/The Country] The latest Fish & Game regulation booklet reminds anglers to do their part to help with the eradication of Mycoplasma bovis. Fish & Game New Zealand South Island Communications Advisor, Richard Cosgrove, said the disease affected people across the country, and everyone had to do their bit to assist in eradicating it....

Potato virus found in New Zealand for first time

[22 September/Radio NZ] Potato virus, PMTV, has been found for the first time in New Zealand. It affects the potatoes used to make chips. It was found in tubers from two properties in the Canterbury region. Biosecurity New Zealand Spokesperson, David Yard, said it was not a food safety issue, however if it became widespread...

Myrtle rust detection programme wound down

[5 September/Stuff] Biosecurity New Zealand has stopped its surveillance programme for myrtle rust. Staff were either laid off or reassigned in the process. The focus has moved to long term management of the disease. Project Crimson Conservation Manager, Caroline Wallace, said the disease did not seem to be as severe on Pohutukawa as first thought....

Five-day relief for fruit growers

[24 August/Rural News] The court ordered a five day relief to nurseries and orchardists that faced losing tens of thousands of apple and stonefruit plants imported from the U.S. It meant the Ministry for Primary Industries would need to re-engage with the orchardists and nurseries. Justice Francis Cooke said he found the Ministry applied the...

Nathan Guy – NAIT Bill ‘goes too far’

[17 August/The Country] The NAIT Amendment Bill introduced by the Government last Thursday, and passed under urgency makes rushed changes to the Act which should concern farmers according to National Agriculture Spokesperson, Nathan Guy. The Bill changes the NAIT Act to allow for warrantless inspections of farms, clarifies animal movement requirements, and makes it an...

Farmers back NAIT changes

[18 August/Rural News] Farmers are backing the amended National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) Act that was passed under urgency by Parliament. DairyNZ Chief Executive, Tim Mackle, said it had become clear that some farmers hadn’t been taking the requirements to record animal movements as seriously as they should have been. He added DairyNZ supported...

MPI taken to court by apple and stonefruit growers

[9 August/NZ Herald] A group of apple and stonefruit growers have taken legal action against the Ministry for Primary Industries in a response to its order to destroy tens of thousands of plants with claimed potential future losses of $1.5 billion. The group said flawed decision making could kill innovation in the sector. It requested...

Fruit fly found at Auckland Airport could have ‘devastated’ horticulture industry

[2 August/Stuff] According to Biosecurity NZ, a fruit fly could have devastated New Zealand’s horticulture industry if it wasn’t discovered at Auckland Airport. It came on undeclared food from Malaysia last month. Biosecurity NZ Passenger Manager, Craig Hughes, said many horticulture crops were susceptible to attack by fruit fly. Affected crops could be inedible or...

Importers respond to MPI warning about delays

[25 July/NBR] The Ministry for Primary Industries has warned importers will face delays as they complete biosecurity protocols. The delays are due to a high court decision ruling the Government is liable for letting Psa into the country. The Government will appeal the decision. Car importers also faced a scare this year when stink bugs...

Farmers face levy hike to cover cost of cattle disease

[25 July/Stuff] MPI has announced a further two farms have been infected with Mycoplasma bovis. Farmers face the prospect of a higher industry levy to help pay for eradication costs. The farms were linked to other known infected properties through animal movements. Negotiations continued over the question of how much dairy farmers would pay compared...

Beetle find sends imported stock food to Whangarei lock-up

[23 July/The Country] A shipment of beetle infested stock food is in a lockup near Whangarei after being treated with methyl bromide. The cargo was from Indonesia, and was intercepted before it could be unloaded and distributed in June. Federated Farmers Arable Industry Group Vice-Chairman, David Clark, said it was symptomatic of a fundamental failure...

Capsicum shortage hits supermarkets

[22 July/Radio NZ] Due to biosecurity concerns, capsicums could be in short supply at supermarkets for a few weeks. Countdown and Foodstuffs have both encountered problems with some of their overseas shipments. Foodstuffs said it had issues with three shipments from the Netherlands. It added it was continuing to source locally grown capsicums but there...

New round of testing to begin for ‘M. bovis’

[18 July/Rural Life] The Ministry for Primary Industries will carry out a second round of milk testing nationwide to test for Mycoplasma bovis. Under the programme, milk samples from every dairy farm in New Zealand would be taken shortly after the start of calving. Samples would be collected around four weeks following the start of...