Posts tagged "Biosecurity"

Growers claim win in Psa case

[2 July/Farmers Weekly] A High Court decision has upheld claims made by a group of kiwifruit growers’ that Crown negligence caused losses as a result of the Psa outbreak.  The decision could leave the Government exposed to a large compensation bill; growers that joined the claim have sought over $400 million in compensation. The ruling...

Time to reignite GE debate in New Zealand, says Sir Peter Gluckman

[1 July/NZ Herald] The Prime Minister’s former science advisor, Peter Gluckman, said it was time for New Zealand to restart the debate on genetic modification. The Government emphasised there were no plans to change New Zealand’s cautious approach to genetic modification, and changes would be years away. Sir Peter added the science had shown genetic...

Fruit, vege growers set to vote on commodity levy

[20 June/Rural Life] Horticulture growers are being consulted about their support for the continuation of a levy to fund Horticulture New Zealand and its work. If more than 50 percent of growers vote in favour, an application would be made to the Ministry for Primary Industries for a new Commodity Levy Order. There would be...

Sausage smuggler refused entry into NZ

[12 January/ Radio NZ National] A man travelling to New Zealand from Belgium has been refused entry to the company when he was discovered to have concealed pork and salami sausages from Biosecurity officers at Auckland Airport.  The man was found to have intentionally concealed the sausages in a backpack but they were identified by...

Damien O’Connor steps up fight against cattle disease with likely Cook Strait travel ban

[15 December/Stuff] Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, has indicated that a ban is likely to be put on cattle being transported across the Cook Strait in an effort to stop the spread of Mycoplasma Bovis. He has also indicated that farmers that have the disease may lose their anonymity. Minister O’Connor said that the...

Auckland Airport brings out new measures to combat biosecurity risk

[14 November/New Zealand Herald] A new biosecurity X-ray machine targeting hand luggage carried by international passengers will be trialled at Auckland Airport this summer. The Ministry for Primary Industries said the new machine could potentially improve biosecurity and passenger flow at the airport. MPI Detection Technology Manager Brett Hickman noted smaller hand luggage has the...

Govt lawyers, kiwifruit growers battle over duty of care in Psa court case

[27 October/New Zealand Herald] After 11-weeks the court case brought by kiwifruit growers against the Ministry of Primary Industries over the 2009 outbreak of Psa is coming to a close. Jack Hodder QC, the Government’s Lawyer, said in his closing statement that the Government did not have a duty of care for biosecurity. The group...

Sharemilkers affected by cattle disease eligible for compensation

[13 October/ Stuff] The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said sharemilkers and contract milkers who work on Van Leeuwen farms affected Mycoplasma bovis would be compensated for a loss of earnings. The MPI said the Van Leeuwens would be covered for loss of milk collection and replacement of herds if their livestock have to be...

DairyNZ supports decision to cull animals on farms infected with Mycoplasma bovis

[12 October/ New Zealand Herald] Dairy New Zealand Chief Executive Dr Tim Mackle said Dairy Farmers would be pleased by the Ministry of Primary industries’ (MPI) decision to cull animals on farms infected with the disease Mycoplasma bovis. Dr Mackle said farmers have been on high alert since the disease was first identified in July....

Horticulture NZ calls for food security policy

[9 August/NZ Herald] Horticulture New Zealand is advocating for a food security policy, and has launched an election manifesto outlining five key priorities for the new Government – biosecurity, food security, workforce capability, mandatory country of origin labelling, and healthy eating education. Chief Executive Mike Chapman said challenges to the country’s food supply included urban...

Farmers under pressure as MPI ‘drags feet’ with pea weevil payments

[27 July/ Stuff] Wairarapa farmers affected by the two-year pea growing ban are struggling to survive while they wait for Government compensation. The region-wide ban was enacted in July 2016 after the toxic pea weevil was discovered on farms in the region. Farmers were told they could receive ex gratia payments for any losses. Farmers...

Crop and fruit devouring pest has potential to kick up a big stink

[14 July/ Stuff] New Zealand orchardists and vegetable growers hope the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) doesn’t find its way into the country, after devastating US crops and threatening crops in Europe. The bug feeds on over 300 host plants, including citrus, pipfruit, stonefruit, berries and grapes, corn, honeysuckle and roses. NZ growers and the...