Posts tagged "Ministry for Primary Industries"

Government launches new biosecurity intelligence unit

[30 April/Stuff] The Ministry for Primary Industries has unveiled its future-focused biosecurity intelligence squad. The early waning squad was still in development but would work closely with its Australian counterparts. Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, said intelligence would be shared with both Australia and industry sectors. Mr O’Connor said the unit would use smarter technology and...

MPI reassures farmers it is working as fast as possible to process cattle disease compo claims

[16 April/NZ Farmer] Thirty properties have tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis and last month the Ministry for Primary Industries decided to cull 22,000 cattle from them. The MPI reassured those farms that they were moving as fast as possible to process compensation claims. MPI Director of Response, Geoff Gywn, said they were yet to receive...

Tests show beef sector so far free of serious disease affecting dairy animals

[1 April/NZ Herald] New Zealand’s beef export sector appeared to be free of Mycoplasma bovis. The Ministry for Primary Industries said there were no positive results from the testing of animals. An MPI spokeswoman said the risk of Mycoplasma bovis was different due to how beef is raised in New Zealand. She added that they...

Primary sector export returns tipped to rise by 10 per cent to $42.4 billion

[19 March/Stuff] Export returns from farms, orchards, forests and fishing are expected to hit a new record of $42.4 billion by the end of June . According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, this would be a 10.8 percent increase and that its forecast reflected a recovery in dairy prices over the past 12-18 months,...

New Zealand pork soon to be on Australian tables

[6 March/NZ Farmer] According to New Zealand Pork Chairman, Ian Carter, New Zealand Pork will soon be sold in Australia for the first time in a niche market. He noted that the amount the industry hoped to sell depended on how successfully exporting companies took up the opportunity. Pork exports are limited to few markets...

Fourth stink bug infested ship ordered from NZ

[28 February/Radio NZ] A fourth Japanese ship has been turned away from New Zealand for having the brown marmorated stink bug on board. Six hundred of the bugs were found on the Glovis Caravel while the ship was anchored near Auckland. The Ministry for Primary Industries said the risk was too high for the ship...

Travellers win with plans to cut New Zealand Border Clearance Levy

[4 February/ NZ Herald] The boarder travel tax charges imposed in 2016 to help pay for Customs and Ministry for Primary Industries inspections are to be reduced, which the government is arguing is good news for travellers. The Border Clearance Levy paid by air travellers is to drop by nearly $3, and for cruise passengers...

Middlemarch property positive for Mycoplasma bovis

[6 February/NZ Herald] A property in Middlemarch in Otago has been identified as having tested positive for the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease, the 21st property to have been detected with the disease.  In addition there are 34 properties that are under restricted place notices.  The Ministry for Primary Industries reiterated that all detections are still...

Fishing for the truth about penguins and dolphins snared in nets

[16 January/Stuff Environment] Forest and Bird have obtained a copy of a letter sent by a number of New Zealand’s commercial fishing organisations under the Official Information Act that asks the Ministry for Primary Industries to restrict access to video images that will be captured by electronic monitoring aboard fishing vessels.  Forest and Bird claim...

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...