Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


More success for Primary Growth Partnership programmes

Hon Nathan Guy
Minister for Primary Industries

4 April 2014

More success for PGP programmes

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is welcoming success by three Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programmes this week, including an award nomination for a revolutionary seafood programme.

“The Precision Seafood Harvesting Programme has been nominated for a KiwiNet Research & Business Partnership Award. This is fitting recognition for a programme that could revolutionise the global fishing industry.

“The programme is developing new sustainable fishing technology that will allow fish to be landed on fishing boats alive, and in perfect condition, while safely releasing small fish and other species.

“The potential economic and environmental benefits of this are huge, and it’s no surprise it is attracting so much attention. This is a $52 million project with funding coming from both industry and government.”

Another PGP programme - Shellfish Production and Technology New Zealand Ltd (SPATnz) - has also reached a milestone in selective breeding of greenshell mussels.

Scientists have begun nurturing 80 ‘families’ of hatchery-produced baby mussels (spat), and will soon transfer a crop of selectively bred mussels to a marine farm.

“This is an important step towards selectively breeding mussels with traits such as a faster growth rate, increased resilience and vibrant colour. This will improve returns for the mussel industry, reduce reliance on wild-caught spat, and boost New Zealand’s exports.

“Another major milestone has also been achieved by the Transforming the Dairy Value Chain PGP programme, led by Dairy NZ and Fonterra.

“Scientific research conducted by Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) has discovered a ‘fat gene’, providing a genetic explanation as to why some cows produce higher fat content in their milk than others.

“This is one of only a few cases worldwide where the underlying gene affecting differences in milk composition has been identified.

“These three programmes have demonstrated why PGP is such an important tool in boosting the productivity and profitability of our primary sector,” says Mr Guy.

Background on PGP

• There are now 18 PGP programmes announced with $708 million in funding committed from both industry and government. The potential benefit to the wider economy from these programmes is estimated to be around $7 billion per year from 2025.

• The PGP aims to boost the productivity and profitability of our primary sector through investment between government and industry. It provides an essential springboard to enable New Zealand to stay at the forefront of primary sector innovation.

• PGP programmes are generally long-run programmes of five to seven years’ duration and are subject to oversight and monitoring by an independent panel (the Investment Advisory Panel) and MPI.

• Monitoring requirements include programme steering groups, quarterly progress reporting, annual plans, audits, and progress reviews, along with evaluation of the overall programme. Funding is only released to programmes on receipt of invoices for work completed in accordance with programme plans.

• MPI is now seeking applications for new Primary Growth Partnership programmes. Applications must be received by MPI by 12pm on Wednesday 25 June. See the PGP webpage on MPI’s website for further information and guidance.

For further information about the PGP, please visit: www.mpi.govt.nz


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news