Posts tagged "The Ministry for Primary Industries"

What’s New Zealand’s answer to Impossible burger?

 [1 June/NBR] The Ministry for Primary Industries and Plant and Food’s joint report assessed consumer response to protein and highlighted the opportunity for New Zealand’s traditional animal-based agriculture. Animal-based protein export revenue accounts for 60 percent of the country’s total primary exports. The report said while animal proteins continued to appeal to traditional consumer preferences,...

Myrtle rust found for first time in Manawatu

 [20 March/NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed that myrtle rust was detected in Manawatu for the first time. Myrtle Rust Response Spokesperson, Dr Catherine Duthie, said action would start immediately to contain the disease. She hoped that it was found early enough so that there was a chance to eliminate it. Dr Duthie...

Mycoplasma bovis: Cow disease now on 20 farms

[30 January/Radio NZ Rural] The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced that two further farms have tested positive for cattle disease, Mycoplasma Bovis.  The new farms are located in South Canterbury, where the initial outbreak of the disease was detected, and Southland.  There are now 20 infected properties across South and Mid Canterbury, Southland and...

Cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis now on 17 farms

[18 January/ NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed that three further farms had been confirmed as infected with the Mycoplasma bovis bacterial cattle disease.  David Yard, the incident controller for MPI, said that eradication remains the preferred option and the Ministry believes this is possible.  He note that they believe the disease...

Milk to be tested nationwide

[12 January/Southland Times] The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced that in response to the Mycoplasma Bovis outbreak in dairy cows milk testing will be conducted nationwide from February.  Milk surveillance has already been commenced in the impacted regions (Southland, Otago and Canterbury) but expanding the programme will provide more information to enable the Ministry...

Earthquake-damaged rural land use studies begin

[30 November/ NZ Herald] Farmers, growers and foresters in the South Island’s earthquake affected regions have been encouraged to use the $5,000 worth of funded advisory services each to plan how they would farm in the future. The Ministry for Primary Industries has approved at least 20 suppliers of advisory services to help farmers decide...

Marlborough oysters binned and buried in fight against deadly parasite

 [7 September/ Stuff] The Ministry for Primary Industries ordered the removal of ten Marlborough Sounds farms to control the spread of Bonamia ostreae which threatened Bluff oysters in July. 220 tonnes of oysters and farm equipment have been ripped out of the Marlborough Sounds to eradicate the parasite. A local oyster farmer said it would...

Manuka honey definition timeframe extended

[7 July/ Rural News Group] The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has extended time to review submissions to its consultation on the definition of Manuka honey. The number and complexity of submissions have caused the Ministry to add six to eight weeks into the process to ensure all feedback is thoroughly reviewed. The Government has...

Aquaculture working group selected for Marlborough Environment Plan chapter

[9 April/ Stuff] Community and industry representatives have been selected to draft the aquaculture chapter of Marlborough’s new environment plan to govern the next 10 years of Marlborough’s marine farming. The group includes representatives from the Marine Farming Association, Aquaculture NZ, the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Department of Conservation – as well as...

Where the wildings are a never-ending fight for the high country

[10 December/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Wilding pines are expected to push out native species and cover 22 percent of New Zealand within the next 20 years as the New Zealand climate allows them to grow about five times faster than in their homeland. The Ministry for Primary Industries estimated that wildings could cost the...

Contaminated palm kernel importer’s identity remains hidden

 [30 November/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The Ministry for Primary Industries has refused to release the name of the importer whose ship was denied entry into New Zealand. The ship was not allowed to unload 20,000 tonnes of palm kernel at Tauranga Port because it was considered a biosecurity risk. The Ministry for Primary Industries...

More funds for Gisborne erosion control

[28 November/ Rural News] The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced that it would implement two new improvements to the Erosion Control Funding Programme in the coming months. The Erosion Funding Programme was created in 1992 to reduce the severe erosion problem in Gisborne due to the regular high intensity weather events in the region....

Video outrage shows ‘disconnectedness’ with farming life

 [26 October/ Radio NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries has started an investigation into the video from Farmwatch which showed bobby calves being thrown into trucks on their backs and dragged by their limbs. A Farmwatch representative said the abuse of bobby calves was common in the dairy industry. Federated Farmers Dairy Chairman, Andrew Hoggard...

MPI welcomes Innovation Award enabled by PGP investment

[21 October/ Ministry for Primary Industries Media Release] The Ministry for Primary Industries was delighted to acknowledge the receipt of the Innovation in Food and Beverage Award by Fonterra at the 2016 New Zealand Innovation Awards for its innovative nutrition products. Ministry for Primary Industries Investment Programmes Director, Justine Gilliland said the award was a...

Left-over contaminated fodder beet seed a risk for farmers

 [7 October/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The Ministry for Primary Industries has issued a warning to farmers not to plant left over seed from six lines of fodder beet seed imported last year, as they believe it is contaminated with velvetleaf. Ministry for Primary Industries Response Incident Controller, David Yard said there were hundreds of...

Pea weevil spotted in Canterbury

[30 September/ Radio NZ Rural] Federated Farmers Biosecurity Spokesperson, Guy Wigley said a pea weevil had been spotted by a grower in Canterbury, after seeds from Wairarapa were brought into the region to be cleaned. The Ministry for Primary Industries had previously banned the growing of pea crops in Wairarapa for two years in an...

Sniffer dogs could be used in the fight against hitch-hiking stink bugs

[25 September/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The Ministry for Primary Industries has been working with the Department of Agriculture in the United States to see if dogs could pick up the scent of dead stink bugs, as they could be used to track down rogue populations of the pests if they ever entered New Zealand....

Fishing reserve approved

 [27 September/ Otago Daily Times] The Ministry for Primary Industries has approved a fishing reserve in Otago Harbour after eight years of consultations and proposals. The Otakou Mataitai Reserve would prevent commercial fishing in the area. Te Runanga o Otakou Chairwoman, Donna Matahaere-Atariki said she was extremely pleased with the decision. Southern Clams Operations Manager,...

Sustainable Farming Fund open for applications

[1 August/ Rural News] The Ministry for Primary Industries’ 2017/28 funding round for its Sustainable Farming Fund opened on 1 August.  Investment Programmes Director, Justine Gilliland said groups keen to tackle a shared problem or develop a new opportunity related to the primary industries were welcome to apply for the fund. A total of $7...

Ministry for Primary Industries holds consultation sessions on Top of the South scallop and snapper fisheries

 [20 June/ Business Day] Meetings have been scheduled for Marlborough, Nelson, Motueka and Takaka to inform people of plans to close the scallop fishery in Marlborough and Nelson. Marlborough Marine Futures Chairman, Eric Jorgensen said it was his personal opinion that the scallop fishery should be closed to allow for regeneration. The Ministry for Primary...

Sports stars to help push agri careers

[NZ Herald/ 13 June] The Ministry for Primary Industries will launch the Primary Industry Champions Initiative on the eve of the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.  Champions include former All Black captain, Ritchie McCaw, Olympic Gold Medallist Rob Waddell and legendary Golden Shears champion, Sir David Fagan, who with others have been chosen to illustrate...

Waikato man pleads guilty to mistreatment of bobby calves

[2 June/ NZ Herald] Down Cow Farm Slaughterer, Noel Erickson has pleaded guilty to 10 charges relating to the mistreatment of bobby calves in the Huntly District Court. The Ministry for Primary Industries launched an investigation into Mr Erickson last September after secret video footage revealed animals being severely mistreated on a farm and in...

Greenpeace critical of fishing contract

[29 May/ NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries has awarded a contract for electronic monitoring on fishing boats to Trident Systems. Greenpeace Executive Director, Russel Normal said the problem with the contract was that Trident Systems was owned and controlled by the very same fishing companies it was supposed to be monitoring. The Government...

Guy hails halal deal as meat export breakthrough

 [19 April/ National Business Review] The Ministry for Primary Industries and the China Certification and Accreditation Administration have signed a new Halal Arrangement in Beijing, under which China would recognise New Zealand’s regulations and certifications for halal meat products exported to China. Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy said the agreement was a major step forward...