Posts tagged "MPI"

Forest rule puts the cart first

[2 April/Farmers Weekly] Neil Walker, a Taranaki farmer, hoped proposed changes would add clarity to the eligibility rules for forests joining the Emissions Trading Scheme. Confusion over criteria made it not only difficult to set aside land as ETS carbon sinks, but deprived owners of poor performing, inaccessible land of a valuable source of income....

Potential remains to grow honey industry, says Apiculture CEO

[29 March/The Country] Apiculture New Zealand CEO, Karin Kos, said the growth of the manuka honey industry was slowing, but there was potential for more. Of the 8,000 beekeepers in New Zealand, 5,800 were hobbyists owning 10 hives or less. There was an 11 percent growth in hive numbers last year. Ms Kos added 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...

Kiwi pigs can fly to Australia

[12 March/Farmers Weekly] Access and certification for uncooked pork exports to Australia have been agreed by the Ministry for Primary Industries. NZ Pork Chairman, Ian Carter, said that although Australia is a big pork importer, New Zealand had never been on their radar. He added that this was a good opportunity to explore export markets,...

Halal slaughterhouse’s owners Meatco put into liquidation

[10 March/The Country] A halal meat exporter, Meatco NZ, was placed into liquidation meaning some overseas Muslims may no longer have access to New Zealand lamb. According to the Meatco website, they were a leading provider of high quality halal lamb and mutton products in the Middle East and South East Asia, and had the...

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...

Ministry for Primary Industries estimates the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak could cost $95m

[1 March/The Country] Tracking and tracing the spread of Mycoplasma bovis and compensating farmers could cost about $95 million according to the Ministry for Primary Industries. MPI Director of Readiness and Response, Geoff Gwyn, said the disease has been confirmed at 26 properties which are part of the 43 properties under a restricted place notice....

MPI urged to stand firm on hitchhiking stink bugs

[21 February/Otago Daily Times] Efforts were in place at the PrimePort Timaru to repel to marmorated stink bug. More than 100 of these bugs were found on a vessel carrying motor vehicles from Japan. It was re-routed to Australia as no port in New Zealand had the capacity to fumigate it. Federated Farmers Biosecurity Spokesman,...

‘Huge concerns’ at fishing bycatch error – Forest and Bird

[22 February/The Country] The Government needs to do more to hold the fishing industry accountable after an error highlighted significant bycatch issues, according to the environmental advocacy group Forest and Bird. The Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed that 39 dolphin captures reported in December last year were coding errors. The species caught was actually petrels....

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...

Farmer compensation for cattle disease to cost over $100m: Nathan Guy

[9 February/NZ Farmer] According to the National Primary Industries’ spokesman, Nathan Guy, compensation for farmers who were affected by the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease could exceed $100 million. However, Mr Guy added that farmers would likely be told to learn to live with the disease once the Cabinet had decided their spending priorities. He noted...

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...

MPI’s definition of Manuka honey changed on eve of legal challenge from beekeepers

[29 January/Stuff Business] The Ministry for Primary Industries has backed down on its proposed definition for Manuka honey as beekeepers claimed the proposals could cost the industry $100 million a year in exports.  NZ Beekeeping was due to challenge the proposed definition in the High Court this week but MPI have moved in advance of...

Mycoplasma bovis: Cow disease now on 20 farms

[30 January/Radio NZ Rural] The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced that two further farms have tested positive for cattle disease, Mycoplasma Bovis.  The new farms are located in South Canterbury, where the initial outbreak of the disease was detected, and Southland.  There are now 20 infected properties across South and Mid Canterbury, Southland and...

Cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis now on 17 farms

[18 January/ NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed that three further farms had been confirmed as infected with the Mycoplasma bovis bacterial cattle disease.  David Yard, the incident controller for MPI, said that eradication remains the preferred option and the Ministry believes this is possible.  He note that they believe the disease...

New food wave demands primary sector unity

[11 January /NZ Farmer] Meat industry leader and CEO of Waikato based Greenlea Premier Meats has called for New Zealand primary and food producers to work as one to plan how the country responds to new generation food challenges.  Mr Egan made a call for a collective initiative to develop a common vision for the...

Grey, Buller districts added to drought list

[10 January/ Otago Daily Times] Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, has added the Grey and Buller Districts on the West Coast to the list of regions currently experiencing a medium-scale drought.  The declaration means that the local Rural Support Trust and other recovery organisations are able to access a funding boost.  Minister O’Connor declared 13 districts...

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...

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...

MPI trials holograms at Auckland Airport to spread biosecurity message

[4 September/ NZ Herald] A Ministry for Primary Industries trial will give visitors arriving into New Zealand a 3D display of biosecurity risk items and explain why they’re not wanted in the country. MPI Manager of Detection Technology, Brett Hickman, said the experiment would determine if new technology can be used to communicate to the...

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...

MPI says number of farms hit by cattle disease stays at two

[7 August/ NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries said it would take two to three months of testing before the two South Canterbury farms infected with Mycoplasma bovis could be declared free of the cattle disease. MPI said the two infected farms belonged to the Van Leeuwen Dairy Group. MPI’s Response Incident Controller Eve...