Posts tagged "Ministry for Primary Industries"

MPI escapes the knife

[19 December/Rural News] Labour has reviewed its initial plan to split the Ministry for Primary Industries into a series of separate agencies for Fisheries, Forestry, Biosecurity and Food Safety instead looking to undertake a reorganisation to create a series of portfolio entities for these activities under the MPI umbrella. Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, notes that...

Mycoplasma bovis – culling continues, MPI quashes ‘stories’

[7 December/ NZ Herald] Cattle culling has continued on the South Canterbury dairy farms infected with Mycoplasma bovis. All cows from the first two farms in the Ministry for Primary Industries’ depopulation programme had been removed for slaughter. After the infected herds had been culled, the farms would be disinfected and go into a stand...

Mycoplasma bovis found on another farm

[15 November/ New Zealand Herald] Mycoplasma bovis has been found on another farm in the South Island. Over four thousand cattle have been culled since the disease was discovered in New Zealand in July. Since its discovery, it has been detected on eight properties in Canterbury and Otago. The Ministry for Primary Industries said one...

Fightback against wildings picks up pace

[21 November/Stuff] Farmers, local communities and agencies of the Central Otago region have teamed up to tackle the expansion of the prolific weed wilding conifers. The national programme is led by the Ministry for Primary Industries and has support from a variety of agencies including Land Information New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, the New...

Big ag shakeup

[10 November/ Farmers Weekly] Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said significant changes would be made to the Ministry for Primary Industries after the Government declared the super ministry, created by the previous National government in 2012, was not fit for purpose. The Labour-led Government have decided to separate aspects of the primary sector into special-purpose bodies....

Two new farms in South Canterbury suspected of carrying cattle disease

[8 November/Stuff] Mycoplasma bovis may have been detected on two new farms in the Waimate district after suspicious test results. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has placed a Restricted Place Notice over the properties to stop the movement of livestock. Both farms are owned by the Van Leeuwens. The results would be confirmed by...

Application made for rabbit control disease

[7 November/ Farmers Weekly] The Ministry for Primary Industries has received an application for RHD-K5- a new Korean strain of the rabbit killing rabbit haemorrhagic disease released in 1997. MPI Audit, Assurance and Monitoring Systems Director Allan Kinsella said the MPI would consider the benefits to the agricultural sector and identification and management of risks...

Primary Industries head criticises farmers for not tagging animals

[20 October/Stuff] Farmers are failing to comply with the law over tagging livestock, raising questions over how effectively officials have been able to halt the spread of the disease Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) director-general Martyn Dunne said at a conference this week that the Mycoplasma response showed a very disappointing compliance...

Farmer fined for failing to treat sheep

 [12 October/ New Zealand Herald] A Waihi farmer who was unable to treat 30 ill sheep on her farm has been banned from owning, exercising control over, or being in charge more than 100 sheep. Ms Coxhead was convicted of an animal welfare offence after Ministry for Primary Industries found dead sheep on her property...

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...

Waihi farmer Elaine Evelyn Coxhead left worm-infested sheep to die

[4 October/ Stuff] A Waihi farmer who failed to treat 30 ill sheep on her farm has been banned from owning more than 100 sheep. Ms Coxhead was convicted of an animal welfare offence after Ministry for Primary Industries found dead sheep on her property heavily worm-infested sheep. Ms Coxhead was fined $2500 for the...

Court hears about role of kiwifruit pollen in possible arrival of PSA

[18 August/Stuff: NZ Farmer] The kiwifruit claim has continued in the Wellington High Court with lawyers for the 212 growers and post-harvest operators making the claim against the Ministry for Primary Industries discussing the role that the Kiwi Pollen Company played in the PSA outbreak, they content their imports of pollen are believed to be...

Concerns raised about compulsory cameras on fishing vessels

[12 August/Radio New Zealand National] Commercial fisherman in Southland are demanding that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) halts its plans to put surveillance technology on all 1200 commercial fishing boats. The technology is intended to reducing non-compliance with regulations, such as the illegal dumping of fish. MPI officials faced opposition from fisherman in Invercargill...

New Zealand King Salmon ‘pretty much resigned’ to a post-election farm decision

[8 August/ Stuff] Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has until August 23 before Parliament dissolves to trigger the legislation needed for the salmon farm relocation plan in the Marlborough Sounds. The Ministry for Primary Industries proposed to relocate six low-flow farms to higher flow areas in the Sounds, creating better environmental outcomes. King Salmon Chief...

Aussie alpacas stuck in NZ after quarantine mix-up

[12 August/Radio New Zealand National] A refusal by Ministry for Primary Industries to sign off on European Union import regulations has resulted in 92 Australian alpacas, worth over $1 million, being stuck in quarantine in New Zealand. The animals were sent to NZ for quarantine six months ago as EU rules do not permit the...

Ministry for Primary Industries reviewing Isis-linked worker’s sheep-killing video

[2 August/ Stuff] The Ministry for Primary Industries is deciding whether to investigate graphic footage, posted online by known Hawkes’ Bay Isis supporter Te Amorangi Kireka-Whaanga, of sheep having their throats cut. The video footage showed a man laughing as a sheep was slaughtered at Fresh Meats NZ Ltd in Napier. Te Amorangi Kireka-Whaanga founded...

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...

Pest fence broken

 [10 July/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Ministry for Primary Industries Readiness and Response Director Geoff Gwyn said the country’s biosecurity system would be unsustainable in five years, and this big challenge must be collectively addressed with effective leadership and governance. Mr Gwyn noted the biosecurity risk that tourism brings, and said transparency is the key to...

Bluff oysters look to be clear from parasite

[10 July/ NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries has declared the Bonamia ostreae disease that hit oyster farms on Stewart Island was successfully contained, and no Bonamia ostreae had been detected in the Bluff wild oyster fishery following tests. The ministry sampled 11 Foveaux Strait locations and bonamia was not detected in any of...

Food safety lawyer: ‘I wouldn’t touch a medium-rare hamburger’

[29 June/ NZ Herald] Ministry for Primary Industries pulled back on its new regulations effectively banning medium-rare meat from restaurants, and has called on chefs to prove to food inspectors they were cooking their menu safely instead. Leading US food safety Lawyer Bill Marler spoke to New Zealand Focus and said the government should not...

Kaikōura fishery could be closed for up to a decade

 [22 June/ Radio NZ] Kaikōura and Marlborough’s quake-damaged fisheries industry may take up to a decade to recover. The Ministry for Primary Industries begun a series of public meetings on a proposal to set new closure terms for the area, as the current emergency closure expires in November. The closure relates to all shellfish and...

Court date set for Kiwifruit case against MPI

[25 June/ Radio NZ News] The class action claim being brought by over 200 kiwifruit growers against the Ministry for Primary Industries over the PSA disease outbreak in 2010 will be heard in August.  The growers accuse MPI of negligence for letting the disease into the country and are seeking to redress $885 million loss...

Bluff oyster farming companies may not have a future after cull

[19 June/ Stuff Business] The Ministry for Primary Industries has started to remove flat oysters from Big Glory Bay on Stewart Island as part of a programme to prevent the spread of the parasite Bonamia Ostraeae. The goal of the cull is to prevent the spread of the parasite to the Foveaux Strait wild fisheries...

Parasite threatens Bluff oyster populations

[1 June/ Radio NZ] Bonamia ostreae, a parasite lethal to oysters, has appeared on two Stewart Island oyster farms. The strain first appeared in Marlborough Sounds two years ago, and a related strain of the parasite destroyed the Bluff oyster industry in the early 1990s and early 2000s. Ministry for Primary Industries Biosecurity Surveillance Manager...