Posts tagged "PSA"

Zespri chairman Peter McBride stands down

[31 October/NZ Farmer] Zespri chairman, Peter McBride, has announced that he will resign for the role in February next year and will not seek re-election to the board when his term expires in the middle of next year. Mr McBride had previously told Fonterra shareholders, were he is running for election to the board, that...

Seeka enters into $15.9m sale deal for five kiwifruit orchards

[24 October/Radio NZ] Seeka agreed to sell five Northland kiwifruit orchards for almost $16 million. It said the agreements included the purchasers entering into long term supply contracts for each of the orchards, which Seeka would manage on their behalf. Seeka added the sale agreements were conditional on the purchasers completing due diligence within 20...

Lethal strain of Psa hits NZ – owned Seeka kiwifruit orchard in Australia

[17 October/Stuff] A lethal strain of the Psa bacteria was detected for the first time in Australia on a kiwifruit orchard owned by New Zealand horticulture business, Seeka. The disease caused havoc on the New Zealand kiwifruit industry in 2010, forcing some growers out of business. The Psa tolerant gold variety helped remedy the situation....

Kiwifruit claimants cross-appeal after High Court Psa decision

[7 August/NZ Herald] A cross-appeal has been filed by the Kiwifruit Claim over the decision that found the Ministry for Primary Industries was negligent by letting Psa into New Zealand. Kiwifruit Claim Chairman, John Cameron, wanted the Government to accept the decision. He added growers were left with no choice but to cross-appeal after the...

Importers respond to MPI warning about delays

[25 July/NBR] The Ministry for Primary Industries has warned importers will face delays as they complete biosecurity protocols. The delays are due to a high court decision ruling the Government is liable for letting Psa into the country. The Government will appeal the decision. Car importers also faced a scare this year when stink bugs...

Ministry for Primary Industries to appeal Psa decision favouring kiwifruit growers

[24 July/NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries is appealing the decision in favour of growers over the introduction of the Psa bacterial disease to New Zealand. The appeal seeks to clarify the scope for government regulators to be sued in negligence. The MPI said the court’s findings traversed events from 12 years ago which...

Zespri chairman Peter McBride ponders Fonterra board contest

[22 July/The Country] Zespri Chairman, Peter McBride, could be in the running in this year’s Fonterra elections. He has been urged by Fonterra shareholders to stand for the board of the company. There was no knowledge whether current Chairman, John Wilson, would seek a fifth term. If he seeks re-election, his name would not be...

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...

Kiwifruit sector set for growth report

[2 February/ Rural News Group] Growth is expected to continue in the New Zealand kiwifruit sector after last year’s record season and new orchard development currently taking place, according to the ANZ Kiwifruit Insights paper. Following the recent PSA crisis, the sector has bounced back strongly seeing annual sales rise significantly.  ANZ Managing Director Commercial...

Kiwifruit portside storage gets $11m boost

[28 November/ NZ Herald] The Port of Tauranga has opened a new $11 million cool store, ushering in a new era in the storage and containerisation of kiwifruit to overseas markets. Port of Tauranga Chief Executive, Mark Cairns said the cool store replaced one that was 48 years old and at the end of its...

Court hears about role of kiwifruit pollen in possible arrival of PSA

[18 August/Stuff: NZ Farmer] The kiwifruit claim has continued in the Wellington High Court with lawyers for the 212 growers and post-harvest operators making the claim against the Ministry for Primary Industries discussing the role that the Kiwi Pollen Company played in the PSA outbreak, they content their imports of pollen are believed to be...

Kiwifruit PSA ‘ground zero’ at Te Puke

[7 August/NZ Herald] The class action suit by the 212 members of the Kiwifruit Claim against the Ministry for Primary Industries has begun in the High Court at Wellington this week. The growers say the bacteria, Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae cost the industry over than $800 million and officials were negligent in allowing it in....