5 November 2019

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Skilled job creation crisis

Despite the horticulture industry experiencing year on year growth, the number of learners studying agriculture and horticulture has dropped from 67,362 in 2013 to 45,557 in 2018.  Our industry needs another 49,900 skilled workers by 2025...

Read Mike's blog here.  

Mike's Blog
Grower Support

Freshwater consultation closes but the conversation continues

Horticulture New Zealand has made clear to the Government in its submission on freshwater management that it is critical that New Zealand can grow enough fresh vegetables and fruit to feed itself, now and in the future. 

‘Our industry is right behind moves to improve freshwater quality in New Zealand,’ says HortNZ Chief Executive, Mike Chapman. 

‘At the same time, our industry must be supported to grow enough fresh and healthy vegetables and fruit to feed New Zealanders and support their wellbeing, now and in the future. 

‘In our submission, we have said that audited Farm Management Plans are the best way to go to ensure that vegetable and fruit growers are following good practice, and minimising their environmental impact.'  

You can read our full submission here

Farm Environment Plans

In our submission, we say that audited Farm Environment Plans (FEPs) are the best way for vegetable and fruit growers to show they are applying their knowledge and expertise and following good practice to minimise environmental impact.  

Further Reading

What is an FEP? HortNZ intro

Environment Canterbury Resource

NZGAP Environment Management System

In the Media this week

Stuff: Companies sign up to keep New Zealand pest free
Farmers Weekly: Climate deal universally welcome
Stuff: Menacing stink bug threatens horticulture and agriculture
The Spinoff: With the walls closing in, regenerative farming is a way forward for agriculture

Conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations welcomed

Horticulture New Zealand has welcomed the successful conclusion of the RCEP negotiations, saying trade agreements are critical to the ongoing success of export industries like horticulture. 

‘Last year, New Zealand exported more than $3.6 billion to 128 different export markets,’ says HortNZ Chief Executive, Mike Chapman. 

‘This year, that figure is expected to grow by a further 3.8 percent.  Such high levels of growth can only be achieved if export trading conditions are supportive, and barriers to entry are reduced constantly.' 

Read the full media release here.

Professional development for food and nutrition teachers

The attendees were Food and Nutrition teachers for Year 7 and 8 and secondary teachers in charge of Food Technology, Food and Nutrition, and Hospitality.

Teachers from Nelson, Marlborough and Buller attended a Professional Development Seminar at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) last Friday, which was organised by and the Heart Foundation.

Read the full media release here.


HortNZ right behind Biosecurity Business Pledge

HortNZ has signed up to the Biosecurity Business Pledge that Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor launched last week. 

‘We’re very pleased to be supporting this initiative and to see fellow horticulture organisations doing the same,’ says HortNZ President, Barry O’Neil.

HortNZ has been working with other organisations to take a proactive approach to biosecurity.

‘One of these organisations is Norwood, which is a large importer of farm machinery,’ says Barry.

‘We’d like to encourage more businesses like Norwood to sign up to the pledge because biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility.’   

Click to read the full media release.

Updates from the Frontline

Read the latest from Biosecurity New Zealand on all the things they are doing to prevent pests and diseases entering our country.  

Read the Border Space newsletter here.
Product Groups

Summerfruit growers vote on funding

Commercial summerfruit growers have until 8 November to vote on ongoing industry funding for biosecurity, crop protection, export market access and other activities. 

Read the full media release here.

Voting on the Passionfruit Commodity Levy is open

Commercial passionfruit growers have until 22 November to vote on the Passionfruit Commodity Levy Order, for the ongoing funding of research and development, promotion, grower education and support of the industry.

If you are a commercial passionfruit grower and have not received your voting paper in the mail, please contact Christine to get your copy -

Read more about the levy here.

Scholarships for Women's Leadership Available

Women & Leadership NZ is providing women with grants up to $8,000 to enable participation in one of three programs that cover such things as reinforcing resilience and wellbeing, engaging with challenge and conflict, creating future focus, leading authentically and driving performance.

Register your interest prior to 6 December and find out more at:

MPI Postgraduate Science Scholarships open 

Applications close on 8 December for Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Postgraduate Science Scholarships for PhD and Masters students undertaking primary sector research.

MPI says the scholarships 'help build science and technology capability and promote the exciting range of science careers on offer across our primary industries, from fisheries to forestry, agriculture to food and biosecurity'. 

Click here for more information.

Apply for Nelson-Tasman Career Development Coordinator

Applications close on Friday 8 November for the role of Horticulture Career Development Coordinator in the Nelson-Tasman Region.  This is a fixed term role that will work with growers, industry-related businesses, education providers and the Nelson-Tasman Community to promote horticulture as a thriving and attractive industry with a broad range of long-term career opportunities. 

More information is available by clicking here.

Horowhenua - Get your taste buds ready!

Tickets are on sale for the 2019 Horowhenua Taste Trail, a paddock to plate experience that will take place on Saturday 23 November. 

The event will showcase 13 of Horowhenua’s specialist food producers and provides an opportunity to get behind the scenes of some of the region's leading food producers and sample delicious fresh produce, direct from the source.

Find out more information and buy tickets here.
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