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

 

Apple Industry Welcomes Release of Seized Plant Material


September 26 2017


New Zealand Apples & Pears Incorporated (NZAPI), the industry’s representative association, has welcomed the Ministry for Primary Industries announcement that 20,000 apple plants have been cleared for release from all restrictions imposed following their seizure after being imported from a US testing facility.

An MPI audit of the facility in March had found that there were incomplete or inaccurate records associated with this material, which raised the prospect of a biosecurity risk.

NZAPI Chief Executive Alan Pollard said that “this has been an important pathway for the importation of high value apple material, and the varieties caught up in the seizure notices are important contributors to the future growth of our industry.

“It wasn’t that long ago that we were facing the prospect of the total destruction of the material, so to hear that the material is to be released is very good news”.

NZAPI, in consultation with other affected industries, nurseries and growers, completed extensive technical analyses to try and find an alternative solution to destruction. In addition, a comprehensive independent economic analysis identified that the total destruction of all material would have led to losses to the pipfruit and summer fruit industries in excess of $1 billion.

“We take biosecurity very seriously and throughout this process have focussed on how we can have confidence in the integrity of the imported material while mitigating this risk”, Pollard said.

“We are grateful to MPI for considering our submissions and taking those into account, along with their own further analysis, when making their final determination, and we acknowledge the work that the Ministry has done to get us to what we think is a pragmatic solution for those affected.

“There is still a lot of work to do to ensure that there is no repeat of this situation in the future, and we are looking forward to working with MPI on reviewing and improving the plant import pathway”.

The New Zealand apple and pear industry expects export returns to be almost $800m in 2018 and is targeting $1billion in export returns by 2022.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Tourism: Employers Welcome Back Working Holidaymakers

Tourism businesses gearing up for the return of Australian visitors from next week will be relieved to learn that they will also have access to an offshore pool of much-needed job candidates, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says. Tourism employers around ... More>>

Commerce Commission: Latest Broadband Report Confirms Improved Performance Of Premium Fibre Plans

The latest report from the Commerce Commission’s Measuring Broadband New Zealand programme shows that the performance of Fibre Max plans has improved substantially. This follows a collaboration between the Commission, its independent testing partner, ... More>>

Air New Zealand: Capital Raise Deferred

Air New Zealand has decided to defer its planned capital raise to later in 2021 allowing more time to assess the impacts of recent developments on the airline’s path to recovery. 'We’ve seen some clearing of COVID-19 clouds recently, with ... More>>

Commerce Commission: Cartel Conduct Now Punishable By Up To 7 Years’ Jail Time

Cartel conduct can now be punished with a term of imprisonment of up to 7 years, after the Commerce (Criminalisation of Cartels) Amendment Act 2019 came into effect today. Cartel conduct includes price fixing, market allocation and bid rigging (see ... More>>

Stats NZ: New Report Shows Impact Of Demands On Land In New Zealand

A new environmental report released today by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ, presents new data on New Zealand’s land cover, soil quality, and land fragmentation. The land cover data in the report, Our land 2021 , provides the most ... More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: March Card Spending Rebounds Despite COVID

There was a lift in retail card spending in March following a fall in the lockdown-disrupted February month, Stats NZ said today. Seasonally adjusted retail card spending rose by $53 million (0.9 percent), compared with February 2021. Visit our website to read ... More>>

PwC: Outcome Of Review Into Air New Zealand Gas Turbines Business

Air New Zealand has received the report into its Gas Turbines business from independent external advisers PwC. Air New Zealand Chairman Dame Therese Walsh says the report identified a range of effective controls in the Gas Turbines revenue contracting ... More>>