Posts tagged "Ministry for Primary Industries"

Mānuka honey not routinely tested for added substances despite fears of corrupt producers

[22 July / Stuff NZ] Export batches of Mānuka honey are not routinely tested by the Ministry for Primary Industries for added substances, despite fears that corrupt honey producers could affect New Zealand’s honey industry. Instead, honey producers’ associations operate rigorous internal testing to ensure export mānuka honey is of the required purity and quality...

Investing in the dairy herd

(15 July/Farmer Weekly) A new seven-year dairy programme called Resilient Dairy: Innovative Breeding for a Sustainable Future was launched at Fieldays. The programme will see $25.68 million invested into improving the health and wellbeing of the national dairy herd. The programme is being led by Livestock Improvement Corporation with investment from the Ministry for Primary...

Pork imports from countries hit by swine fever ‘must be stopped’

(8 July/Stuff) The Ministry for Primary Industries has no plans to stop imports of pork from countries affected by African Swine Fever (ASF) despite warnings from The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. So far the incurable disease has seen more than 1.1 million animals culled in attempt to stop the spread. Kiwi farmers have...

Food poisoning warning as Coromandel mussel growing area closed

[22 June/Stuff NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries is warning that all mussels should be cooked for consumption after food safety concerns due to an increase of reports of food poisoning from commercially grown Coromandel mussels. As a result, a Coromandel mussel growing area has been closed as New Zealand Food Safety further investigates the...

Dairy gets $25m genetics boost

[21 June/Farmers Weekly] $25.68 million will go towards lifting the performance and wellbeing of the national dairy herd during a seven year programme dubbed Resilient Dairy which was launched at National Fieldays by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The programme is being led by LIC with investment and support from the Ministry for Primary Industries and...

Mycoplasma bovis: Movement restrictions more on beef farms

[21 June/The Country] More beef than dairy farms have been placed under movement controls due to Mycoplasma bovis in recent weeks. In an update on 07 June, Biosecurity New Zealand reported that it predicted it would need to issue up to 250 Notices of Direction restricting cattle movements before 01 June. However, it only issued...

Grants for green work

[17 June/Farmers Weekly] The Ministry for Primary Industries is calling for applications to the 2019-20 funding round for the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Research Programme. The programme helps the agriculture and forestry sectors with research regarding the challenges arising from climate change. Each year’s funding prioritises one or more research theme topics. For...

Ministry for Primary Industries’ new animal welfare rules in place

[28 May/The Country] Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced 45 new animal welfare regulations under the Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018. These new regulations include restrictions on stock transportation, tail docking, castration and dehorning. Transporting lame stock, and stock with ingrown horns, diseased udders or advanced eye cancer is now prohibited. Tail docking...

‘Major reset’ for honey industry, Apiculture NZ warns

[15 May/The Country] Apiculture New Zealand Chief Executive Karin Kos reports that demand and prices dropping as much as 50 percent for honey compared to last season mean that belt tightening and rationalisation will have to occur. Strong growth and good returns in the past few years have attracted a lot of new entrants into...

Impact of selling farmland for forestry could be ‘catastrophic’

[17 May/Rural News] Craig Little, Wairoa Mayor estimates at least 8000 hectares of sheep and beef farmland have been sold for conversion to wholesale forestry in Hawke’s Bay area in the last four months alone and that this could have a ‘’catastrophic’’ impact on the town. Mr Little shows concern at the loss of jobs...

Milk producers stymied

[15 May/Rural Life] Geoff and Beth Henderson, two Southland raw milk producers believe current sale and transport regulations are limiting their ability to expand their business and they have passed this on to the Government. Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invited raw milk producers and consumers to complete a national survey, which closed last month,...

A new nitrogen tool for farmers

[15 May/Farmers Weekly] Fonterra Co-operative Group is offering a nitrogen risk scorecard which helps to assess a farm’s risk of nitrogen loss. The scorecard, Overseer, uses data collected annually on six key farm practices and applies a set of benchmark parameters to get a level of risk to each. The scorecard considers stock management, nitrogen...

Independent report to focus on Mycoplasma bovis surge

[07 May/The Country] An independent report has been commissioned to look at the causes and effects of the recent Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme surge. The report will also suggest further improvements, with the report being released to farmers. The Ministry for Primary Industries last month announced that there were 300 farms considered high-risk, with around...

Kaikōura farmer’s standoff over Emissions Trading Scheme fines for cleared pines

[28 April/Stuff NZ] Harold Inch states that he was caught unaware when he was fined $85,000 for chopping down trees subject to the Emissions Trading Scheme. Around five years ago Mr Inch purchased the farm near Kaikōura and cut down around half the trees on his property, intending to let the land return to native...

One billion trees scheme under scrutiny

[24 April/ NZ Herald] The Ministry of Primary Industries plans to review the One Billion Trees programme to ensure it meets the needs of communities across New Zealand. MPI’s Anna Gordon reported the ministry was taking feedback and planned to review the scheme after it had completed 12 months. Farmers raised concerns during a recent...

MPI investigating lack of milk allergen warning on dairy-free Magnums

[26 April/Stuff NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries is investigating into why Magnum dairy-free ice creams sold in New Zealand do not warn of potential cross contamination with milk whilst the same ice creams in Europe do. Under European rules, precautionary allergen labelling statements should be used only when the risk of cross-contamination was “real...

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...