Posts tagged "Ministry for Primary Industries"

Major new study reveals attitude to climate change in rural sector

[09 April/NewsHub] A survey conducted by Nielson research and commission by the Ministry for Primary Industries has shown farmers are more focused on sustainability and the impacts of climate change more than ever. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor stated the result was heartening, especially when considering some of the specific actions farmers reported putting into place....

MPI planning even stricter import rules to keep stink bug out

[04 April/Stuff NZ] Ministry for Primary industries has proposed changes to import standards for vehicles and containers with the intention of keeping the brown marmorated stink bug out of New Zealand. Biosecurity New Zealand spokeswoman Dr Cath Duthie reports that the pest is continuing to spread through Europe and the United States. The Ministry is...

Southland farm’s raw milk a hit

[03 April/Rural Life] Dairy farmers Geoff and Beth Henderson have a farm near Pukerau , providing unpasteurised, unhomogenised raw milk.   Customers seeking unpasteurised and unhomogenised raw milk are delighted, but the paperwork and compliance requirements are comprehensive. The Henderson’s’ own a 130ha, self-contained property with 280 cows, including about 25, selected A2 DNA-tested cows, which...

Farmer fined over cow-abuse case

[29 March/The Country] Murray Illing, a 52 year old Otago Farmer and Rodeo Enthusiast has been sentenced to a fine of $4602 in a case that is based on cow abuse. Between August and November 2017, Illing was the Manager of a dairy farm near Balclutha, in charge of two staff and responsible for 600...

ClearTech an effluent game-changer

[29 March/Farmers Weekly] Ravensdown have reported  its new ClearTech dairy effluent treatment system will allow two-thirds of the water used daily to wash farm milking yards to be recycled. The system removes up to 99 percent of E coli and phosphorus from the raw effluent water while cutting nitrogen concentration by about 70 percent. ClearTech’s...

Dry conditions could see drought declared in

[22 March/Stuff NZ] Waikato, the country’s biggest dairy region, could be facing an Autumn drought unless there is significant rain in the next ten days. Unusual warm Autumn weather has seen soil moisture levels drop. If they continue, the Ministry for Primary Industries may be asked to announce a drought in Waikato. If a drought...

Farmers must fight back now

[22 March/Farmers Weekly] Andrew Morrison, chairman of Beef + Lamb New Zealand states that the industry needs to remain productive but now everything needs to have an environmental perspective by focusing on quality rather than continuously producing more. Mr Morrison reported taxes proposed by the government along with other decisions need to be challenged by...

Support for biosecurity levy

[26 March/Rural News] 61 percent of submissions received by DairyNZ on the biosecurity response levy were positive surrounding raising the maximum cap to 3.9 cents/kgMS. 1088 supportive submissions were received. Jim van der Poel, DairyNZ Chair reports that the next step is providing a recommendation to the Ministry for Primary Industries. General support wants DairyNZ...

Primary industry exports booming

[18 March/The Country] Primary industry exports are outpacing expectations for the year. This is due to a strong production season and surge in dairy and meat prices. The Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries report showed export revenue for that period was now forecast to reach $45.6 billion –...

Improve NAIT reporting or face consequences

[11 March/Rural News] OSPRI warns that the NAIT accounts of farmers will have a closer watch on them, along with NAIT users who choose not to record or confirm their livestock movements. Kevin Forward, Head of NAIT reports that they are currently reconciling historical issues with farmers where movement records are incomplete. Compliance and enforcement...

‘M. bovis’ found on three farms

[05 March/Otago Daily Times] Bulk testing from all dairy farms has confirmed Mycoplasma bovis infection on three farm’s according to Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) latest release. All three farms have previous links to this disease, whilst 51 farms will be further investigated as part of routine surveillance. Extra testing for 50 farms which calved...

Third fruit fly found in Northcote on Auckland’s North Shore

[01 March/Stuff] Four Queensland fruit flies have been found on the North Shore, after a third male has been discovered in a trap in Northcote. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) reports they are glad the surveillance is working and that they still have no evidence of an established breeding programme. MPI state that the...

MPI to advise Government on biosecurity funding

[21 February/Stuff NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) as part of an overhaul of the Biosecurity Act, is reviewing funding streams. Ray Smith, Director General of MPI whilst speaking at the Primary Production Select Committee said the government had asked the ministry to provide advice on the concept of a biosecurity levy. Mr Smith...

Needle found in capsicum bought at Tauranga Countdown over weekend

[26 November/Stuff] A Tauranga couple discovered a needle inside a red capsicum, purchased from Countdown Bureta Park. Will Taylor cooked a meal for his girlfriend, who apparently bit into it and it scratched the side of her tongue. Taylor said he contacted the store immediately and were advised they were going to take the capsicums...

Two new North Island Mycoplasma bovis farms confirmed

[27 November/Stuff] Two North Island dry-stock beef farms, have been confirmed as infected with Mycoplasma bovis. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said it had been monitoring the two farms in Manawatu and Wairarapa, which already had animal restrictions in place. The number of infected properties stands at 33, with 42 properties cleared of the...

Kiwifruit sales to boost horticulture exports

[16 October/NZ Herald] According to Government forecasts, horticulture was expected to be New Zealand’s fastest growing primary export sector over the next year. The Ministry for Primary Industries said horticulture exports were forecast to increase by 13.1 percent in the year ending June 2019. Kiwifruit export revenue was expected to increase 23 percent due to...

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...

Recovery package to get farmers hit by cattle disease back on their feet faster

[9 October/Stuff] Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, announced a recovery package to help farmers get back to business faster after being cleared of Mycoplasma bovis. The package would give access to assistance with compensation claims, online tools, and extra support from the Rural Support Trust. The compensation team was made up...

New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators Annual Guild Award Winners Announced

[6 October/New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators] The top award was taken out by a joint entry from two experienced New Zealand agricultural journalists at the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators annual awards. Hugh Stringleman and Neal Wallace took out the Ministry for Primary Industries Rongo Award which recognised their...

Taranaki farmers reap benefit of keen appetite for quinoa

[8 October/Radio NZ] Kate and Hamish Dunlop had the idea to start growing quinoa five years ago. They now grow the food on part of their sheep and beef farm in Taranaki. They planted their first crop three years ago, and have found it relatively easy with good yields. Mr Dunlop said it was not...

Calf-rearing farm survey next step in ‘M. bovis’ bid

[4 October/Rural Life] A survey of 200 calf-rearing properties started as the next step in the eradication of Mycoplasma bovis. National Controller, Geoff Gwyn, said the Ministry for Primary Industries started contacting owners of the selected properties this week and the test involved a one-off nasal swab on calves. He added the properties selected were...

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...

Pet-food firm owner sentenced on animal abuse charges

[20 September/Stuff] Six months’ community detention, 180 hours of community service, and a $90,000 fine were handed down to the owner of a pet food company at the centre of an animal abuse storm. Alan Martyn Cleaver was banned from owning or exercising any authority over animals for five years. Footage of abuse by one...

Tegel won’t be prosecuted over footage of dead and deformed chickens

[10 September/The Country] Footage inside one of Tegel’s farms showing dead and deformed chicken will not result in the company being prosecuted. Advocacy group, Direct Animal Action, captured the footage during two visits to a farm near Hellensville. It found dead chickens, lame chickens, cannibalised chickens, chickens lying down unable to get up, and deformed...