Posts tagged "Ministry for Primary Industries"

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...

Ministry for Primary Industries reviewing Isis-linked worker’s sheep-killing video

[2 August/ Stuff] The Ministry for Primary Industries is deciding whether to investigate graphic footage, posted online by known Hawkes’ Bay Isis supporter Te Amorangi Kireka-Whaanga, of sheep having their throats cut. The video footage showed a man laughing as a sheep was slaughtered at Fresh Meats NZ Ltd in Napier. Te Amorangi Kireka-Whaanga founded...

Farmers under pressure as MPI ‘drags feet’ with pea weevil payments

[27 July/ Stuff] Wairarapa farmers affected by the two-year pea growing ban are struggling to survive while they wait for Government compensation. The region-wide ban was enacted in July 2016 after the toxic pea weevil was discovered on farms in the region. Farmers were told they could receive ex gratia payments for any losses. Farmers...

Pest fence broken

 [10 July/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Ministry for Primary Industries Readiness and Response Director Geoff Gwyn said the country’s biosecurity system would be unsustainable in five years, and this big challenge must be collectively addressed with effective leadership and governance. Mr Gwyn noted the biosecurity risk that tourism brings, and said transparency is the key to...

Bluff oysters look to be clear from parasite

[10 July/ NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries has declared the Bonamia ostreae disease that hit oyster farms on Stewart Island was successfully contained, and no Bonamia ostreae had been detected in the Bluff wild oyster fishery following tests. The ministry sampled 11 Foveaux Strait locations and bonamia was not detected in any of...

Food safety lawyer: ‘I wouldn’t touch a medium-rare hamburger’

[29 June/ NZ Herald] Ministry for Primary Industries pulled back on its new regulations effectively banning medium-rare meat from restaurants, and has called on chefs to prove to food inspectors they were cooking their menu safely instead. Leading US food safety Lawyer Bill Marler spoke to New Zealand Focus and said the government should not...

Kaikōura fishery could be closed for up to a decade

 [22 June/ Radio NZ] Kaikōura and Marlborough’s quake-damaged fisheries industry may take up to a decade to recover. The Ministry for Primary Industries begun a series of public meetings on a proposal to set new closure terms for the area, as the current emergency closure expires in November. The closure relates to all shellfish and...

Court date set for Kiwifruit case against MPI

[25 June/ Radio NZ News] The class action claim being brought by over 200 kiwifruit growers against the Ministry for Primary Industries over the PSA disease outbreak in 2010 will be heard in August.  The growers accuse MPI of negligence for letting the disease into the country and are seeking to redress $885 million loss...

Bluff oyster farming companies may not have a future after cull

[19 June/ Stuff Business] The Ministry for Primary Industries has started to remove flat oysters from Big Glory Bay on Stewart Island as part of a programme to prevent the spread of the parasite Bonamia Ostraeae. The goal of the cull is to prevent the spread of the parasite to the Foveaux Strait wild fisheries...

Parasite threatens Bluff oyster populations

[1 June/ Radio NZ] Bonamia ostreae, a parasite lethal to oysters, has appeared on two Stewart Island oyster farms. The strain first appeared in Marlborough Sounds two years ago, and a related strain of the parasite destroyed the Bluff oyster industry in the early 1990s and early 2000s. Ministry for Primary Industries Biosecurity Surveillance Manager...

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...