Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Company fined $5,500 for illegally released seeds

17 September 2003


Company fined $5,500 after illegally released seeds sold

A Canterbury seed importing company and the operator of the company’s transitional facility were today sentenced to pay a total of $5,500 for illegally releasing contaminated seeds from the facility in November 2000.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) prosecuted Canterbury Seed Company Ltd and Mr. Adrian Bliss (transitional facility operator) after an incident where the company distributed the seeds without gaining biosecurity clearance. Mr Bliss was sentenced to pay a total of $1,100.

Judge Strettell handed down the sentence in the Christchurch District Court.

The company imported the consignment of 500 kg of Phacelia (balo) from Hungary. Balo plants attract hover flies for aphid control and the balo seeds are also used for cosmetics production.

Subsequently, two paddocks of a balo (an oil seed crop) that were planted on behalf of the company in Ashburton and Darfield had to be destroyed by MAF after the crops were found to contain two species of weed not previously found in New Zealand.

“These weeds are considered to be serious weeds in arable crops in Europe and Africa,” said Jockey Jensen, MAF Biosecurity Authority Special Investigation Group.

“Should weeds like this become established in New Zealand they could pose a substantial threat to the agricultural sector.

“Canterbury Seed Company Ltd has been importing seeds for many years and is well aware of MAF’s requirements for importing seeds,” said Mr Jensen.

At the time of the incident, MAF also suspended the operator’s approval to run the transitional facility and subsequently removed the company’s ability to operate a facility of this type.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 




Energy: New Zealand Could Be World’s First Large-scale Producer Of Green Hydrogen

Contact Energy and Meridian Energy are seeking registrations of interest to develop the world’s largest green hydrogen plant. The plant has the potential to earn hundreds of millions in export revenue and help decarbonise economies both here and overseas... More>>


MBIE: 36th America’s Cup Post-event Reports Released

Post-event reporting on the 36th America’s Cup (AC36) has been released today. The reports cover the delivery of the event by Crown, Council and America’s Cup Event Limited, economic impacts for Auckland and New Zealand, and delivery of critical infrastructure... More>>

Fonterra: Farmer Feedback Set To Shape Revised Capital Structure Proposal

With the first phase of Fonterra’s capital structure consultation now complete, the Co-op is drawing up a revised proposal that aims to reflect farmers’ views. A number of changes are being considered to the preferred option initially put forward in the Consultation Booklet in May... More>>




Statistics: Household Saving Falls In The March 2021 Quarter

Saving by New Zealanders in the March 2021 quarter fell to its lowest level in two years after rising sharply in 2020, Stats NZ said today. Increases in household spending outpaced income growth, leading to a decline in household saving from the elevated levels that prevailed throughout 2020... More>>

ALSO: