11 February 2020

In this issue

Mike's Blog

British Trade Sovereignty

Britain has taken back its sovereignty from the EU with Brexit taking effect. Now New Zealand needs to negotiate with Britain and the EU to reduce tariffs and improve market access.

Read the full blog here.
Or watch Mike's Blog on Twitter.

Grower support

Ensuring the RMA works for horticulture  

The Government is reviewing the Resource Management Act (RMA). Last week, Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ) made a submission to the Ministry for the Environment as part of the RMA review process.  
‘We have pointed out that the RMA has become overly complex and costly, with uncertain outcomes,’ says HortNZ Natural Resources and Environment Manager, Michelle Sands. 

‘There’s also a lack of strategic planning to allow for long term solutions as well as a lack of role clarity.  For example, there are overlapping responsibilities and uncertain roles at central, regional and local government levels.  

‘In addition, for growers, there is the need for highly productive land - and the ability to use it productively - to be recognised as nationally important.  Lastly, in terms of process, the current link between the RMA and Treaty of Waitangi causes a lack of clarity and national inconsistency, which leads to an unsatisfactory process for all involved.’
You can read our submission here

MfE consultation on Indigenous Biodiversity 

The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) is consulting on a new National Policy Statement (NPS) for Indigenous Biodiversity, with consultation closing on 14 March 2020.

NPSs are a tool the Government uses to set regulatory requirements across the country.  While the NPS for Indigenous Biodiversity is mainly of relevance to sheep and beef farmers given the significant stands of native vegetation on pastoral farms, it will still be of relevance for growers who have land that has biodiversity values (native bush, wetlands, habitats for indigenous species, etc).

HortNZ is developing a submission and will ask district associations and product groups for feedback on the draft.  In the meantime, HortNZ would welcome growers' feedback on the proposals.  If you have feedback at this stage, please email Michelle Sands.  

In February, Beef + Lamb New Zealand are holding workshops throughout the country that growers are also welcome to attend.  
Click here to view the schedule of workshops. The next workshop is in Darfield on 13 February 2020.
Click here to read more on the B+LNZ website

Fact sheet: The impact of animals on the risk of foodborne illness in fresh produce

Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand (FPSC A&NZ) has issued a fact sheet on the impact of animals on the risk of foodborne illness in the fresh produce sector.

The fact sheet covers the food safety risks associated with both wildlife and intensive animal production, and outlines recommended practices for managing the co-existence of animal and crop production.  

The fact sheet can be accessed here. A template for growers to check their adoption of good practice can be found here. The fact sheet and template can also be found on the NZGAP website.  
Click here for NZGAP's guidelines for growers

Chair - NZ Agrichemical Education Trust (NZAET) - Growsafe

The New Zealand Agricultural Education Trust (NZAET) is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the safe, responsible and effective use of agrichemicals. The Trust provides training and certification of agrichemical users through the Growsafe programme.

The Trust is recruiting for a new Chair, with the primary purpose of providing leadership in ensuring that NZAET is effective in setting and implementing a strategic approach to agrichemical education and training in New Zealand.  

For more information, please email Mark Ross for the position description, and for any questions. Applications are due by Friday 28 February 2020.
Click here to email Mark for more info

Covered crop grower workshop at Lincoln,
18 February

Tomatoes NZ and Vegetables NZ are holding a workshop at Lincoln University on Tuesday 18 February from 9am to 12.30pm to update growers on covered crop research.  The workshop will cover biocontrols, tamarixia releases, farm environment plans, automation and more.

If you are interested, please RSVP to Karen Orr by midday on Friday 14 February and advise if you have any special dietary requirements.
Click here for full details

Pukekohe Farm Environment Plan workshop,
25 February

Commercial vegetable growers in the greater Auckland and Waikato regions are invited to the second Farm Environment Plan (FEP) workshop. 

When:    5.30 to 8.00pm, Tuesday 25 February 
Where:   Pukekohe Indian Hall
Cost:      $200 per business per workshop (more than one person can attend)

This workshop will focus on mapping, and erosion and sediment control.  It will step you through requirements under the New Zealand Good Agricultural Practice (NZGAP) Environmental Management System (EMS).  The EMS add-on is available to all NZGAP and GLOBALG.A.P certified growers.  It includes extra requirements to meet New Zealand regulatory requirements.
Please use this link to register for the EMS ($250 per business) and this link to register for the workshop.
Click here to read more

Gisborne employment workshop,
27 February

HortNZ Seasonal Labour Coordinator, Jerf van Beek is delivering an employment workshop on changes occurring in 2019 and expected changes in 2020.

When:  2.30 - 5.00pm, Thursday 27 February
Where:  BNZ Partners Centre, 67 Customhouse St, Gisborne

This will be an interactive workshop featuring a Q&A session. Please come along if you have specific questions or issues about your seasonal or fulltime labour.  
Click here to email Jerf for more info
In the media
SunLive: Women dominate young grower competition

Rural News: New trap for brown marmorated stink bugs

 Stuff: Southland company gets their new parsnip product into supermarkets
Farmers Weekly: Water clearer with erosion app
HBRC: Hawkes Bay Regional Council 3d aquifer mapping project 

Fresh Plaza: Coronavirus creates demand for New Zealand organic apples

For more information about Coronavirus that is relevant for exporting, please refer to the link below to the New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) Information for Exporters.

Horticulture Conference 2020

The 2020 Horticulture Conference will be at Mystery Creek on 29-31 July. To view a sponsorship prospectus, email Amy Miller. More details to be announced soon.
For sponsorship information, click here
Copyright © 2020 Horticulture New Zealand, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.