Posts tagged "MPI"

Potato virus no threat to chip supply

[11 October/Stuff] Testing for the potato mop-top virus has been extended, however there would still be enough chips for the summer. It was discovered in potatoes grown in Canterbury last month. Potatoes New Zealand and Biosecurity New Zealand said 18 farms in the region had been added to the suspect list. Potatoes New Zealand said...

Only two regions disease-free

[20 September/Rural News] Latest data from MPI indicates that Mycoplasma bovis is currently confirmed to have infected 37 farms. Eight were in the North Island, and 29 in the South Island. Twenty-one of the farms were beef farms and 14 were dairy. Notices of Direction, which are applied to farms where test results are pending...

Taxpayer costs for kiwifruit claim trial balloon out to $6m

[17 September/Stuff] Taxpayers had spent $6 million on defending the kiwifruit claim case. It was the most expensive primary sector court case on record. Growers had claimed the Ministry for Primary Industries were negligent in allowing the Psa disease into the country in 2010 and are claiming more than $450 million in compensation. MPI wanted...

MPI confirms no Australian contaminated strawberries in NZ

[17 September/Stuff] MPI confirmed that none of the strawberries that were part of the needle contamination scare in Australia were on New Zealand shelves. MPI’s Manager of Compliance Investigations, Gary Orr, said the Australian authorities tracked export orders for strawberries and confirmed none were imported by New Zealand. Countdown and Foodstuffs decided to not import...

Tegel won’t be prosecuted over footage of dead and deformed chickens

[10 September/The Country] Footage inside one of Tegel’s farms showing dead and deformed chicken will not result in the company being prosecuted. Advocacy group, Direct Animal Action, captured the footage during two visits to a farm near Hellensville. It found dead chickens, lame chickens, cannibalised chickens, chickens lying down unable to get up, and deformed...

Five-day relief for fruit growers

[24 August/Rural News] The court ordered a five day relief to nurseries and orchardists that faced losing tens of thousands of apple and stonefruit plants imported from the U.S. It meant the Ministry for Primary Industries would need to re-engage with the orchardists and nurseries. Justice Francis Cooke said he found the Ministry applied the...

Five Star Beef notified of 44 suspected cases of Mycoplasma bovis on feedlot

[23 August/Stuff] New Zealand’s largest beef farming operation, Five Star Beef, has been served a notice that 44 of its 16,000 cattle could have Mycoplasma bovis. The feedlot currently houses around 16,000 cattle but has resource consent for up to 19,000 cattle. They live in pens for two to eight months before being sent to...

‘Whistle-blowers’ in animal abuse cases need protection – SAFE

[17 August/Radio NZ] SAFE is seeking to have whistle-blowers protected after they lodge animal abuse complaints. It said some farm workers had received death threats due to reporting animal abuse, and they had no confidence in the Ministry for Primary Industries. SAFE’s Chief Executive, Debra Ashton, said whistle-blowers were vital in preventing animal abuse on...

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...