Posts tagged "Ministry for Primary Industries"

Feijoas barred from China and Taiwan, but could have huge market there

[28 May/ Stuff] The Ministry for Primary Industries recorded 54,003 kilogrammes of Feijoa exports in 2016, compared to 20,637 exported in 2010. However, the domestic market prevails for the fruit, with 2016’s $460,000 in export receipts being far less than the $3.8 million made from domestic feijoa consumption. JP Exports Trader Warwick Preston attributed this...

Myrtle rust infection spreads to King Country

 [23 May/ Radio New Zealand] The new arrived Myrtle Rust fungus has now been identified at a nursery in Te Kuiti in the King Country according to the Ministry for Primary Industries.  The disease was detected after MPI traced the sale of plants from another infected nursery.  Restrictions have been placed on the property and...

Myrtle rust ‘incredibly difficult to actually eradicate’

[5 May/ Radio New Zealand] Myrtle rust, a new plant disease, has been discovered in Northland and has the potential to cause catastrophic damage to New Zealand’s native trees and economic position. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has established a biosecurity operation in Kerikeri, after a nursery owner found the disease on his young...

Deadly myrtle rust rang alarm bells for nursery owner as soon as he saw it

[5 May/ Stuff] Kerikeri nursery owner Tom Lindesay discovered myrtle rust on his pohutukawa seedlings, causing his nursery to become the centre of an operation by biosecurity officials to contain the fungus. It is, however, likely that thousands or millions of the myrtle rust spores have been distributed by the wind. Mr Lindesay’s myrtle rust...

Beekeepers struggle to get unstuck from mānuka red tape

 [13 April/ Radio NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries has issued a scientific definition of New Zealand mānuka honey, expected to protect the market from fake products. The definition states honey is New Zealand mānuka honey when four chemicals and a DNA marker are present at a specified level. A six-week consultation period will now...

Dairy rebound tips growth for 2017, MPI says

[4 April/ New Zealand Herald] The latest update to the Ministry for Primary Industries Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries, indicates that the recovery in dairy prices will restore growth to New Zealand’s primary sector exports for the 2016/17 year.  Dairy exports are now forecast to increase 8.7% in the year to June (to $14.5...

New Zealand manuka honey favourite in Asia

[2 April/ Stuff] 100% Pure New Zealand Honey boasts a stronger presence in Asian markets than western markets due to the importance Asian consumers place on preventive medicine. Chief executive Sean Goodwin commented on the difficulty of selling manuka honey in China as low regulations mean other honey types are passed off as manuka. The...

Govt announces $2m funding for primary sector

[16 March/ Radio NZ] At the Central Districts Fieldays, The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced over $2 million worth of funding for the agricultural sector from the government’s Sustainable Farming Fund. Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy announced the first three projects, of which $1.2 million of the funding is directed towards- facial eczema,...

Marlborough Sounds residents remain firm in opposing relocation of salmon farms

 [5 March/ Stuff] The Marlborough Sound’s community do not want salmon farms relocated in the Pelorus Sound. In a meeting between residents of the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the two groups failed to agree on the best solution to relocating six New Zealand King Salmon farms in the...

Marlborough council has ‘no choice’ on shifting salmon farms

 [10 February/ Stuff] The Ministry for Primary Industries indicated it could override the council decision and require implementation of their plan to move up to six New Zealand King Salmon farms. Marlborough Mayor John Leggett said it was “only sensible” to relocate the farms to higher flow sites to comply with best-practice guidelines and bring...

Paddock to plate: chefs taste omega lamb

 [7 February/ Otago Daily Times] It may be early days for the Omega lamb Primary Growth Partnership between Alliance Group, Headwaters Group and the Ministry for Primary Industries, but programme manager Mike Tate says the response to the lamb has been overwhelming.  The project is looking to grow lambs with naturally higher polyunsaturated fatty acids,...

Has dairy reached its capacity?

 [7 February/ Radio NZ News Country] Some commentators are suggesting that the Ministry for Primary Industries focus on a recovery in dairy cow numbers and increased milk production means that the bigger goal of a more profitable dairy sector is being missed.  Genevieve Toop, Greenpeace’s agricultural campaigner, believes that MPI’s forecast increases come from large...

Queen’s grocer pulls New Zealand manuka honey from shelves

[5 February/ Business Day] Fortnum and Mason, the grocer to the Queen in London, has pulled New Zealand Manuka honey from its shelves when tests showed it had lower than expected levels of the active ingredient, leptosperin.  Food Safety Minister, David Bennett, said that the government was introducing pollen DNA testing on honey exports in...

South Island salmon farms shift proposed

 [27 January/ NZ Herald] Public consultation is to occur on a proposal by the Ministry for Primary Industries to relocate six salmon farms operated by New Zealand King Salmon in the Marlborough Sounds.  With the goal of enabling the company to better fulfil its environmental obligations, five of the farms will be moved into the...

Public input called for on plans to extend Kaikoura shellfish ban

 [20 January/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The Ministry for Primary Industries is looking to extend an emergency ban on harvesting paua and other shellfish on the badly damaged fishery around Kaikoura.  The proposal is to extend the ban for a further nine months and written submissions are being sought.  The ban was introduced on 20...

Primary exports down then up

[20 December/ Rural News] Ministry for Primary Industries Sector Policy Director, Jarred Mair said New Zealand’s primary exports would decrease by $300 million to $36.7 billion next year, but would increase by 12.5 percent to $41.2 billion in 2018. Mr Mair said the drop in 2017 would be due to falling lamb and beef production...

MPI to help sort farm education

 [19 December/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Ministry for Primary Industries Director General, Martyn Dunne said the Government was putting pressure on the Ministry for Primary Industries to assist with education within the sector. Mr Dunne added that there was a growing concern that there would not be enough people in the sector to meet future demand...

$520,000 for Southland primary sector

 [30 November/ Rural News] The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Ministry for Primary Industries have announced a $520,000 contribution to Southland’s primary sector. Economic Development Minister, Steven Joyce said the Ministry for Primary Industries would be contributing $220,000 to sustainably increase beef and sheep productivity through a programme that would develop the...

Govt helps wine industry fix tank damage

 [29 November/ Otago Daily Times] The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Ministry for Primary Industries have been working with New Zealand Winegrowers to resolve quake damage to wine storage tanks in the Marlborough region. Economic Development Minister, Steven Joyce said an estimated 20 percent of wine storage tanks in the Marlborough region...

MPI intercepts large-scale home kill operation

 [25 November/ Rural News] Ministry for Primary Industries Northern Region Investigations Manager, Simon Anderson said six search warrants were recently executed in the Auckland region with a refrigerator container, a truck, unregulated meat, and a large amount of food processing equipment being seized from an illegal home kill operation. Mr Anderson added that the home...

Organic food trade set to grow under New Zealand-China agreement

[24 November/ China Daily] Ministry for Primary Industries Plants, Food and Environment Director, Peter Thomson said New Zealand producers of organic food could expect a boost in exports after the Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Certified Organic Products was signed between New Zealand and China. Mr Thompson added that New Zealand consumers could have increased confidence...

Man jailed for bobby calf abuse after sentence appealed

 [7 November/ Radio NZ] Waikato Farmer, Noel Erickson has had his sentence of home detention dropped and replaced with jail time after the Ministry for Primary Industries appealed the original sentencing decision. Mr Erickson was originally sentenced to 10 months home detention and 200 hours of community work by the Huntly District Court. The charges...

More tertiary graduates needed to grow a savvy agri-industry

[31 October/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, the agricultural and horticultural industries would need at least 50,000 more workers by 2025 in order to be sustainable. Federated Farmers President, William Rolleston said 62 percent of agricultural workers would need a formal agricultural qualification to meet technological demand by 2025....

MPI ready to handle foot-and-mouth disease outbreak

 [21 October/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] ‘ Ministry for Primary Industries Acting Director of Investigations, Diagnostic Centres and Response, John Sanson said the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) was prepared to manage a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak after a successful exercise was held on a Waikato farm. Mr Sanson explained that MPI had wanted to test...