21 January 2020

In this issue

Mike's Blog

Food to China – reputation is key

Food from New Zealand imported to China makes up about 9% of total food imports to China by value. The risk we face in China is one of reputation. It's taken years to earn but it could take only days to lose it.

Read the full blog here.

Grower support

Telling our horticulture story to the world

New Zealand Story and HortNZ have got together to produce a video called the New Zealand Horticulture Story to support New Zealand’s position as a leader in the production of healthy food.

‘The world is more and more interested in what it eats and where it comes from,’ says HortNZ Vice President, Bernadine Guilleux. ‘With that in mind, we decided to make a video to tell the story of fruit and vegetable growing in New Zealand, in line with HortNZ's vision of “healthy food for all forever”. 

The video is supported by: 
  • Key messages for exporters, industry leaders and New Zealand representatives
  • Infographics for inclusion in presentations and media
  • Industry presentations
  • Video footage and royalty-free images.
Read more and access materials

Nutrient management field day in Levin

Thursday 23 January at 1pm, Woodhaven Gardens on Joblins Road

Woodhaven Gardens Director, Jay Clarke is hosting a nutrient management field day this Thursday to demonstrate the use of the Quick N Test Strips, and alternative fertiliser equipment. 

This field day is part of Landwise's Future Proofing Vegetable Production project.  It is being held with support from Woodhaven Gardens, Pescini Bros and Vegetables New Zealand.

Attendees will be provided with a free copy of Nutrient Management for Vegetable Crops in New Zealand as a reference and guide to improving the efficiency of fertiliser use.
Click here for more info

NZGAP EMS version 1.6 approved for Environment Canterbury Plan Change 7

The New Zealand Good Agricultural Practice (NZGAP) Environment Management System (EMS) add-on version 1.6 has been updated and approved by Environment Canterbury's Chief Executive, as meeting the Farm Environment (FEP) requirements of Plan Change 7. The plan change includes new requirements for commercial vegetable growing operations as well as new objectives and targets for the Hinds/Hekeao Plains, Waimakariri and Orari-Temuka-Opihi-Pareora catchments. 

The new version is required for all EMS audits and resource consent applications in Canterbury from 1 January 2020.  However, version 1.5 is still valid for audits in other regions until 30 June 2020.

The NZGAP guide to the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan Change 7 contains the main changes. Where there are additional or more detailed requirements than the EMS, the requirement is highlighted in yellow.

Via the NZGAP website, growers can register online, as well as download the updated EMS checklist, templates, rules and guidelines. 

HortNZ is helping to coordinate FEP workshops for Canterbury growers.  Please keep an eye on this newsletter for dates and times.  
In the media
Rural News:  Women step up for BOP Young Fruit Grower competition

RNZ:  Farmers, wildlife and residents face water shortages as regions dry up fast

Rural News:  UK-NZ free trade and agriculture on agenda

The Country:  New app helps erosion and sediment control on cultivated vegetable land

The Spinoff:  Why are limes so freakishly expensive in New Zealand?

Fresh Plaza:  Frieda Caplan, the "Kiwi Queen," passes away at age 96

Young Grower 2020 gets underway!

This year's Bay of Plenty Young Grower competition is on Saturday 8 February at the Te Puke A&P Showgrounds. 

The Awards and Gala Dinner will be held on Wednesday 12 February at Trustpower Arena, Mount Maunganui, and will be MC'd by comedian, Guy Williams.

The eight contestants are Emily Crum, Bryce Morrison, Aurora McGee-Thomas, Melissa van den Heuvel, Katherine Bell, Megan Fox, William Milsom, and Harry Singh. 
Click here for more info

Geographical Indications (GIs) workshops

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT) is holding a series of public workshops as part of its public consultation on geographical indications (GIs).  This is a key issue in New Zealand’s on-going negotiations for a free trade agreement with the European Union (EU). 

Geographical indications (GIs) are usually names that identify that a product comes from a particular area. For example, “Central Otago” is registered as a wine GI in New Zealand.
Click here for more info

Horticulture Conference 2020
- Save the date!

The 2020 Horticulture Conference will be at Mystery Creek on 29-31 July. More details will be announced soon.
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