Posts tagged "MPI"

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...

Animal welfare minister ‘disturbed’ by new abuse case

[28 June/The Country] According to Associate Agriculture Minister, Meka Whaitiri, footage of a farmer violently hitting cows was disturbing. She said more animal welfare inspectors were a priority for the government. She emphasised that any bad treatment of animals, regardless of the reason, was not acceptable. She added the Ministry for Primary Industries was investigating...

Growers claim win in Psa case

[2 July/Farmers Weekly] A High Court decision has upheld claims made by a group of kiwifruit growers’ that Crown negligence caused losses as a result of the Psa outbreak.  The decision could leave the Government exposed to a large compensation bill; growers that joined the claim have sought over $400 million in compensation. The ruling...

More M. bovis disclosure wanted – Whanganui farmers

[26 June/The Country] Farmers want to know whether their neighbours have the Mycoplasma bovis disease, however the Ministry for Primary Industries has been avoiding outing infected farms to the public. Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, said it would now directly inform the neighbours of infected or high risk farms. It would also list the NAIT numbers...

Fruit, vege growers set to vote on commodity levy

[20 June/Rural Life] Horticulture growers are being consulted about their support for the continuation of a levy to fund Horticulture New Zealand and its work. If more than 50 percent of growers vote in favour, an application would be made to the Ministry for Primary Industries for a new Commodity Levy Order. There would be...

Hidden footage shows cows abused, hit in milking shed

[28 June/NZ Herald] Footage that showed a Northland farmer violently and repeatedly hitting cows with weapons had been given to the Ministry for Primary Industries who investigated the claims, but the inquiry was dropped due to lack of evidence. Advocacy group, Farmwatch, has subsequently gathered further evidence, which it has now passed to MPI and...

NZ’s organic sector worth $600m

[21 June/NZ Herald] New Zealand’s organic sector grew 30 percent over the past two years to an estimated value of $600 million according to the newly released Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) market report. The organic sector’s value lifted to $600 million in 2017 from $467 million 2015. Over that time, the value of organic...

China demand for NZ crossbred wool lifts; auction prices rise

[25 June/Otago Daily Times] According to the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Situation and Outlook report, there was upside potential for crossbred wool prices over the next two years. The wool market had been struggling due to lack of demand. As opposed to crossbred wool, fine wool prices had reached record highs. Even though market conditions...

Four more M bovis farms confirmed

[25 June/Stuff] Four more South Island sheep and beef farms had been confirmed as being infected with Mycoplasma bovis taking the total infected properties to over 50. The farms were in Tapanui, Invercargill, Waimate and Darfield. The Ministry for Primary Industries said 53 farms had been confirmed with Mycoplasma bovis, with 11 of the farms...

Joint operation to check NAIT compliance

[22 June/Rural Life] Knowledge of the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) system has increased due to the Mycoplasma bovis response, however some farmers continued to break the rules. Compliance Investigations Manager, Gary Orr, said the Ministry for Primary Industries and NAIT had been running joint operations across the country to check compliance. The disease...

Hawke’s Bay Seafoods vessels at risk after fishing company convictions

[22 June/NZ Herald] Four fishing boats could be lost as a four year legal battle cumulates following the search of the headquarters of Hawke’s Bay Seafoods. The possible loss was signalled yesterday after 130 convictions were entered in the Wellington District Court which originated from fishing catch regulation breaches. A total of 85 convictions were...

Closure of scallop fishery to be extended in South Island

[12 June/Radio NZ] Fisheries New Zealand planned to extend the closure of the southern scallop fishery in the top of the South Island. The Ministry for Primary Industries said a critical downturn in stocks forced the closure in Tasman, Golden Bays and the Marlborough Sounds ins 2016. The closure was extended to Port Underwood last...

Biosecurity onus on all of us, says Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor

[13 June/NZ Herald] Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, said all New Zealanders needed to participate in biosecurity as a reflex action. He told KPMG’s Fieldays Agribusiness Leaders’ Breakfast about the Government’s Biosecurity 2025 direction. An important part was to create better understanding of the importance of biosecurity for every New Zealander. He noted thinking...

Plant growers face losses after MPI seizes valuable plants

[7 June/Stuff] Owners whose fruit trees were seized by the Ministry for Primary Industries may not be insured against losses or entitled to claim compensation if the trees are destroyed. A United States nursery was found to have exported 55,000 trees to New Zealand in 2013, but did not follow correct procedures. It seized the...

M bovis count adds up to Wairarapa farm infection

[7 June/Radio NZ] A sheep and beef farm in Wairarapa tested positive for the devastating cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis. MPI unit, Biosecurity New Zealand, said the farm near Masterton was located through the tracing of animal movements from other affected farms. The property was under legal controls which restricted the movement of animals and other...

Many skippers accused of avoiding fisheries observers

[11 June/Radio NZ] Forest and Bird accused fishing boat skippers of wriggling out of oversight by an observer from the Ministry for Primary Industries despite being legally obliged to do so. Some boats are required to have an observer on board to check up on environmental requirements such as not catching too many fish and...

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,...