Posts tagged "The Minister for Primary Industries"

‘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....

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...

Fruit-fly zone reduced [4 May/ Rural News]

Ministry for Primary Industries Acting Chief Operations Officer, Steve Gilbert said the ministry is confident about the location of the fruit fly and is to reduce the size of the high risk A-zone. Mr Gilbert said there are still restrictions on the movements of fruit and vegetable. Two months have passed since the last sign...

Nearly 1000 herds affected by parasite

[28 October/ Radio NZ Rural] Recent figures from the Ministry for Primary Industries suggest that 970 dairy and beef farms have been affected by the blood borne parasite, theileria ikeda, with the number of farms impacted in North Island increasing by 12% in the last month. MPI suggest around 29 herds a week are currently...

Disease fears raised over pig imports

[3 May/ Business Day] Industry body, New Zealand Pork, reports that 250 tonnes of pork from the US and 25 tonnes from the European Union has entered New Zealand in February, highlighted that US and European Union’s fresh pork imports threaten the disease free New Zealand pork industry with the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome...

Southland hopes Govt will act on meat industry

[22 May/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Southland Regional Council Chair, Ali Timms met Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy to warn of the economic and environment fall-out that would ensue if the meat industry continues to decline. Ms Timms highlighted that Southland and other regions are already displaying a decline in fresh water quality and an...

China considers farm ban near rivers

[21 February/ Radio New Zealand Rural] A senior Chinese government agricultural official told a meeting in Wellington that consideration is being given to moving farming away from the major rivers in the country as the impact on the environment is just too great.  This was one barrier identified to China producing sufficient food to meet...