Posts tagged "MPI"

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...

The end of farmed oysters off Stewart Island as MPI confirms it’s unsustainable

[2 August/ Stuff] It is unlikely that Bluff oysters will be farmed in Stuart Island again, as the MPI has called for Big Glory Bay oyster farming to be finished. Ministry for Primary Industries Director of Readiness and Response Geoff Gwyn said the MPI call comes after strong evidence that farming of flat oysters with Bonamia...

Government offers $7 million for primary sector research

[7 August/ Stuff] The Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF), scheme that has contributed more than $7.5 million to primary sector research projects in Taranaki, has $7 million available for applied research projects led by the primary sector that helps boost rural communities, the economy and environmental sustainability. MPI’s Director of Investment Programmes...

Nathan Guy appeals for calm after cattle disease outbreak

[26 July/ NZ Herald] Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has appealed for calm as the Ministry for Primary Industries seeks to contain a mycoplasma bovis outbreak in South Canterbury. Mr Guy said the Glenavy farm is on lockdown and further testing is being performed. The disease is commonly found in cattle globally but has...

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...

New animal welfare regulations to be introduced

[20 July/ Radio NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is developing 46 new animal welfare regulations this year. The rules follow the stricter bobby calf regulations introduced last year. The most recent changes include a ban on docking dogs’ tails without vet approval, mandatory pain relief for cattle de-horning, and prohibiting the transportation of...

Cow disease found in dairy herd for first time in New Zealand

[25 July/ Stuff] 14 cows have been discovered on a dairy farm with the Mycoplasma bovis infection, a highly contagious cattle disease. About 150 cows on the property have clinical signs that indicate infection. MPI Director of Response Geoff Gwyn said the disease did not infect humans and presented no food safety risk. This is...

New Zealand King Salmon employees push for salmon farms

 [7 April/ Stuff] Pelorus Sound could get an extra salmon farm under the MPI proposal. Many other New Zealand King Salmon staff members have shown support for the proposal to relocate six salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds, saying it would give them greater job security. 588 submissions were received from members of the public;...

Red meat needs change

 [13 March/ Otago Daily Times] The Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) is a seven-year Primary Growth Partnership programme created to help the red meat sector increase productivity and profitability. The programme is funded by industry partners, banks and the Ministry for Primary Industries. RMPP research has observed that top-performing farmers plan for success, and used...

Tougher rules around bobby calves introduced

[NZ Herald/ 10 June] Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy, has announced that some of the tougher rules around the treatment of bobby calves will take effect before the start of spring calving.  New rules will include a requirement for calves to be at least four days old before they are transported for slaughter or sale,...

Health fears over meat sold on illegal homekill market, butchers say

[4 February/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Blenheim butchers are concerned about the large number of people illegally selling homekill. Premium Game Meat Owner, Mike Newton said he often saw people advertising meat on Facebook that they had butchered themselves. Mr Newton said that the Ministry for Primary Industries required butchers to sell meat from carcasses...

Horticulture grows up in the primary sector family

[29 December/ Rural News] Newly appointed Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive, Mike Chapman said the appeal of his new role is the opportunity to work across the entire industry, which has huge potential and scope for better collaboration and development. Mr Chapman believed Horticulture New Zealand is the perfect way to strengthen existing networks in...

Fruit fly gone after $13.6 million eradication programme

[4 December/ Stuff: Auckland Now] The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced that the Queensland fruit fly has been eradicated from the Auckland. The Ministry for Primary Industries spent $13.6 million on resources during the eradication programme. Ministry for Primary Industries Director General, Martyn Dunne said it was difficult to pinpoint how the fly first...

Too soon to assume China is source of contaminated frozen berries, MPI officials tell MPs

[3 December/ National Business Review] The Ministry for Primary Industries has said it has found no link between frozen berries from China, which were blamed for an outbreak of Hepatitis A in Australia early this year, and the contaminated fruit sold in New Zealand. Ministry for Primary Industries Deputy Director-General, Scott Gallacher said the ministry...

‘New Zealand dairy contaminated with cruelty’

[6 December/ NZ Herald] Federated Farmers Dairy Chairman, Andrew Hoggard said he is disappointed with animal welfare group, SAFE, after it placed a graphic advertisement aimed at shaming the New Zealand dairy industry in the Guardian newspaper. Mr Hoggard said that by publishing the campaign, only days after the Ministry for Primary Industries and seven...

Honey NZ cannot use trademarks, High Court rules

[19 November/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The High Court has agreed with the Ministry for Primary Industries that Honey New Zealand’s international’s trademarks, Manuka Doctor and Manuka Pharm, amount to health claims and therefore cannot be used on the company’s products. Honey New Zealand said it was surprised by the decision and will appeal it....