Posts tagged "Ministry of Primary Industries"

One billion trees achievable but challenging, says Forest Owners Association

[14 August/NZ Herald] The Forest Owners Association has welcomed the announcement by Forestry Minister, Shane Jones, that $240 million from the Provincial Growth Fund will be allocated to get more trees in the ground under the One Billion Trees Programme.  The Association’s CEO, David Rhodes, urged caution noting that while one billion trees is possible...

National organic standard consultation underway

[15 May/Rural News] Organics Aotearoa Chairman, Doug Voss, urged members and the organic community at large to participate consultation process launched by the Ministry of Primary Industries to support a proposal for a national organic standard. Agriculture and Food Safety Minister, Damien O’Connor, said in New Zealand there was a range of voluntary standards that...

MPI cattle cull ‘the right thing’

[27 March/Rural Life] The Ministry for Primary Industries announced it would cull 22,332 cattle at sites infected with Mycoplasma Bovis as a tragic necessity. Federated Farmers North Otago Dairy Chairman, Lyndon Strang, said it was the right thing for agriculture and that he hoped the compensation process happened quickly. The government approved $85 million in...

Japanese shipment full of ‘stink bugs’ a biosecurity risk

[15 February/The Country] Federated Farmers has called on the Ministry for Primary Industries to hold firm on a shipment which had been previously turned away from the Ports of Auckland. The ship was deemed a biosecurity risk after over 100 brown marmorated stink bugs were found. It was carrying vehicles from Japan and has subsequently...

Mycoplasma bovis: Number of infected properties rises to 23

[9 February/The Country] Twenty-three farms have now been found to be infected with the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis. The latest two were in Southland and South Canterbury. The Ministry for Primary Industries said all infected properties were under quarantine controls. The Ministry reiterated that all detections to date were linked to the original infected properties...

Crayfish fishing ban wanted in Hauraki, Bay of Plenty

[11 February/Radio NZ] An environmental group is arguing for a ban on commercial crayfishing in the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty. A recent proposal to halve the quota in these areas will be considered by the Ministry for Primary Industries in April. Over the past 60 years, stocks have dropped up to 95 percent...

Govt lawyers, kiwifruit growers battle over duty of care in Psa court case

[27 October/New Zealand Herald] After 11-weeks the court case brought by kiwifruit growers against the Ministry of Primary Industries over the 2009 outbreak of Psa is coming to a close. Jack Hodder QC, the Government’s Lawyer, said in his closing statement that the Government did not have a duty of care for biosecurity. The group...

Spring Sheep Milking expands with second Waikato farm

[19 October/Stuff] The Spring Sheep Milk Company (jointly owned by Landcorp and the SLC Group) will build a second sheep milking farm near Cambridge. Construction on the 40-hectare farm will begin in the new year and is estimated to cost $2-$3 million. Funding was received from the Ministry of Primary Industries’ Primary Growth Partnership (PGP)...

Mycoplasma bovis could be linked with highly mechanised farming – MPI

[21 October/New Zealand Herald] At a public meeting to discuss the response to the recent cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis outbreak, Ministry of Primary Industries Technical Liaison Officer Victoria Barrell says there seems to be a link between highly mechanised dairy farming and the disease. The recent outbreak will result in about 4000 dairy cattle being...

Farmers should benefit from calls for greater transparency around food production

[20 October/Stuff] Ministry of Primary Industries’ Director General Martyn Dunne has conveyed to delegates at the International Tri-Conference for Precision Agriculture, growing demand from consumers for greater transparency in food production. Farmers are increasingly asked to demonstrate high standards of animal welfare, water management and food safety. These higher standards were likely to bring in...

NZ cows in Mexico corruption probe not our responsibility, says company

[18 October/Stuff] Javier Mata of Livestock and Agricultural Products New Zealand has confirmed that the company takes no responsibility for its exported cattle livestock once delivered. This statement comes after Mexican anti-corruption non-profit Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity published an investigation claiming 900 New Zealand export cattle were kept on the ranch of the now-fugitive...

Cows slaughtered after Mycoplasma bovis outbreak will be processed for food

[13 October/New Zealand Herald] A Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) spokeswoman has confirmed that the 4000 cows affected by the bacterial disease Mycoplasma bovis will go to the works for food processing as the sickness is not a food safety risk. A Spokeswomen said that no animals which are sick, severely injured or who have...

Hepatitis scare: NZ officials investigate imported frozen berries

[30 November/ NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries has begun investigating imported frozen berries after four people fell ill with hepatitis A. Ministry for Primary Industries Director, Peter Thomson said it is to increase surveillance of imported frozen berries, and will start a testing programme. Mr Thomson said fresh berries were not involved in...

No dairy deregulation needed, says Commission

[5 November/ Radio NZ Rural] Having been requested by the Minister for Primary Industries to review the regulatory structure surrounding the dairy industry, the Commerce Commission has released its draft findings which note that there remains insufficient competition in the dairy industry to warrant deregulation but does recommend some changes are made to the regulations. ...

New definition to prevent false honey labelling

[5 November/ Radio NZ Rural] The Ministry for Primary Industries is hoping to be able to precisely define manuka honey within the next year to 18 months to reduce the risk of false labelling as demand and prices for the product boom.  Some honey producers have suggested that the lack of real standards and regulations...

Forest owners sign biosecurity agreement with government

[6 November/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The Forest Owners Association has become the latest organisation to sign a Government Industry Agreement (GIA) to co-manage the response to a biosecurity incursion in the industry.  The Association’s CEO, David Rhodes, said potentially devastating diseases like pine pitch canker or pests like the brown marmorated stink bug could...

Maori agriculture steps up

[9 November/ NZ Farmers Weekly] A new programme intended to improve productivity on Maori owned sheep and beef stations has been initiated by the Federation of Maori Authorities (FOMA).  The programme is modelled on a seven year economic pilot done on the East Coast by Tairawhiti Land Development Trust, which saw participating farms achieve an...

NZ needs to lift its international branding

[27 October/ Dairy News] John Keogh, an international brand expert and adviser to companies and governments, told the Ministry for Primary Industries PGP expo that New Zealand has a lot of work to do on its international branding.  Commenting on the Origin Green brand developed in Ireland he suggested the industry has got its act...

Hawke’s Bay Seafoods says it is co-operating with investigation

[4 September/ Business Day] Hawkes Bay Seafoods Managing Director, Nino D’Esposito said the company was cooperating fully with fishery officers investigating a potential black market operation. Hawkes Bay Seafoods was raided by the Ministry of Primary Industries as part of an 18-month undercover investigation into the alleged illegal sales of paua and crayfish. Mr D’Esposito...

Nathan Guy to visit drought hit farm

[14 August/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy is to visit a drought-hit Hurunui farm to consider whether the current drought declaration warranted an extension. Hurunui Mayor, Winton Dalley said little had changed in the region and that the current declaration needed to be extended past its September end-date so funding assistance...

MPI introduce tougher biosecurity at airports

[7 August/ Rural News] New biosecurity measures are to be implemented at international airports before the December busy season. The measures are the result of increased biosecurity funding from the government’s 2015 budget. Included in the measures are the introduction of 20 more biosecurity detector dog teams, more x-raying of baggage and more targeting of...

Overseer farming programme revamped and funding boosted

[7 August/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Nutrient-budgeting programme, Overseer has been given a funding boost of $750,000 and has been revamped. Overseer Executives said the programme has had improvements made to improve its customer experience. A formal quality assurance programme is to be established, while critical maintenance and testing work on the model will be...

Farmers urged to talk to banks

[10 August/ Radio NZ Rural] Bankers Association Chief Executive, Kirk Hope advised farmers to talk to their banks as soon as possible if they believe they will have issues servicing their debt. Mr Hope said banks had been working with clients to develop stronger business plans and if necessary the suspension of interest payments for...

Should Fonterra leave the GDT auction?

[6 August/ Radio NZ Rural] Fonterra has rejected calls for it to suspend its trading on the Global Dairy Trade auction. Labour Primary Industries Spokesperson, Damien O’Connor said the auction was not working for Fonterra, and that they should return to the traditional way of negotiating longer term contracts with people who depend upon the...