Posts tagged "Ministry for Primary Industries"

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...

Farm debt mediation bill needs more work

[10 September/Radio NZ] A new bill on farm debt was called weak by a parliamentary select committee, and sent away for more work. The bill provides for mediation between banks and farms before receivership or liquidation action is taken. The proposal was condemned by insolvency specialist, John Fisk. However, New Zealand First MP, Mark Patterson,...

New PGP programme to foster high value goat milk infant formula industry

[31 August/MPI] A Primary Group Partnership programme looked to grow a sustainable, high value goat milk infant formula industry in New Zealand has launched. Caprine Innovations NZ is a programme between the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Dairy Goat Co-operative. The goals of the programme is to improve the health and wellbeing of families,...

Kiwifruit claimants cross-appeal after High Court Psa decision

[7 August/NZ Herald] A cross-appeal has been filed by the Kiwifruit Claim over the decision that found the Ministry for Primary Industries was negligent by letting Psa into New Zealand. Kiwifruit Claim Chairman, John Cameron, wanted the Government to accept the decision. He added growers were left with no choice but to cross-appeal after the...

Manuka honey seller warns of ‘loopholes’ in industry

[12 August/Rural NZ] Ashburton honey seller, Puriti, has warned that some people buying manuka honey in New Zealand were getting a raw deal. The Ministry for Primary Industries was seeking feedback on whether to extend the export grade standard to manuka honey sold locally. It wanted to protect the reputation of export grade manuka honey,...

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...

Toxic algal blooms still flourishing despite the cold

[12 August/Radio NZ] According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, there was an abnormally high number of toxic algal blooms around New Zealand this winter. There were warnings in place against shellfish collection due to algae in many regions. Specialist advisor, Brian Roughan, said it was unclear why the blooms had fired up now. The...

Oyster farmers still waiting for millions in MPI compensation

[12 August/NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries has paid out less than $1 million of compensation a year after it ordered the destruction of millions of Stewart Island farmed oysters. Business loss claims were understood to top $100 million. MPI said two out of 40 claims had been settled in full, and three partially....

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...

Ministry for Primary Industries to appeal Psa decision favouring kiwifruit growers

[24 July/NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries is appealing the decision in favour of growers over the introduction of the Psa bacterial disease to New Zealand. The appeal seeks to clarify the scope for government regulators to be sued in negligence. The MPI said the court’s findings traversed events from 12 years ago which...

Seafood companies slammed over treatment of foreign crew workers

[17 July/Radio NZ] Seafood companies were told to take responsibility for the treatment of foreign crews who caught fish for them. Labour Inspectorate National Manager, Stu Lumsden, said there were concerns the industry was neglecting its obligations despite three years of discussions. He added the New Zealand seafood industry had to understand sustainability wasn’t only...

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...

M. bovis hits more beef than dairy

[24 July/Dairy News] According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, more beef than dairy farms are infected with Mycoplasma bovis. An update showed 40 properties as being infected. Of these farms, 20 were beef farms, 17 were dairy farms and 3 were marked as other. It was originally detected in the dairy sector, but affected...

Forestry industry told to grow, instead of cut trees for profit

[23 July/Radio NZ] The forestry industry has been told to rely on growing trees to capture carbon dioxide instead of cutting them for timber to earn money from forests on steep hillsides. The industry said this would be uneconomic as profits would drop. The Ministry for Primary Industries made the recommendation following controversy over the...

North Canterbury dairy farm infected

[11 July/Stuff] A North Canterbury dairy farm was confirmed as being infected with Mycoplasma bovis. According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, it was connected through animal movements to other infected farms. So far, around 28,000 out of the expected 150,000 animals had been culled in an attempt to get rid of the disease. The...