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6 November 2019

In This Issue:

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 the full article here
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
News

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 vegetables.co.nz and the Heart Foundation.

Read the full media release here.

Biosecurity

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.’  
 
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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.  

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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. 

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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 - secretary@passionfruit.org.nz

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