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

 

Sustainable products assured by ag association - Agcarm


By Mark Ross

With multiple companies offering disease and pest management solutions, farmers can be guaranteed that products purchased from an Agcarm member are safe, sustainable and of high quality. Agcarm is a not-for-profit trade association, representing over 60 companies that manufacture, distribute, research and sell projects to keep animals healthy and crops thriving.

For over 70 years, Agcarm has taken a lead role in managing issues of importance to the crop protection and animal medicines industries. This involves engaging with politicians, regulators and stakeholders to ensure that decision-makers take account of industry’s views. It also ensures that industry aligns itself with best practice in the management of pests and disease. Our members research the safest and best methods to do this. In the crop protection industry, our manufacturers support the use of Integrated Pest Management (using all means available to tackle pests and disease). They research all means of control, including biologicals, to ensure the best and most sustainable result for farmers and growers.

Membership to the association is voluntary, with all applicants requiring Board endorsement before being accepted. Agcarm backs this by ensuring all members comply with a Code of Conduct.

This Code certifies that Agcarm members meet industry standards. Compliance with it is a condition of membership - with companies required to meet a number of obligations. This includes complying with relevant legislation, participating in environmental stewardship programmes, acting ethically in product promotion and in accordance with the best interests of industry.

Protecting the environment is integral to this, with support and participation of the rural recycling programme Agrecovery being compulsory for members. Companies must also ensure that their products meet an appropriate standard, all people involved with industry products are appropriately trained, and that they are supportive of ensuring environmental sustainability.

In promoting a healthy environment, Agcarm is involved in a number of other stewardship campaigns, within the crop protection and the animal medicines industries.

Bee health is high on the association’s agenda with regular campaigning to protect the wellbeing of New Zealand’s bee population, and ensuring that products are used responsibly. The ‘Bee Responsible’ awareness campaigns were produced in conjunction with the Rural Contractors and Agricultural Aviators associations to raise awareness of the importance of protecting bees and providing guidance for doing so.

Preventing resistance management in animals and plants is another priority for the association and its members. As part of this, Agcarm leads and supports programmes that prolong the effectiveness of crop protection and animal health products liable to encounter resistance problems, and limit losses should resistance appear. This includes an integral role in the Wormwise Trust - providing expert advice to farmers on managing worms on farms (anthelmintic resistance) as well as antimicrobial resistance. Agcarm contributed to New Zealand’s Antimicrobial Resistance Plan which was submitted to the World Health Organisation in May 2017.

The association’s ultimate purpose is to ensure that New Zealand continues to lead the world in producing safe, healthy and sustainable food by using the best and safest technology. By dealing with an Agcarm member you too will be part of this worthy goal. So, next time you are considering a purchase of a pesticide or animal medicine, ask if the company is an Agcarm member and if they are you can be assured that you are dealing with knowledgeable staff and a quality product.

• Mark Ross is chief executive of Agcarm, the industry association for companies which manufacture and distribute crop protection and animal health products.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Freight: New Report On Auckland Port Relocation

The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. More>>

ALSO:

Chartered Accountants: COVID-19 Fails To Knock Kiwi Investor Confidence, But More Disclosure Wanted

Three months of COVID-19 lockdown and investment turmoil has done little to knock confidence in New Zealand capital markets and listed companies with overall investor sentiment very similar to 2019, an investor survey held in mid June shows. However, ... More>>

ALSO:

Taxation: Black-Market Tobacco Sidesteps $287 Million In Excise Tax

Year-on-year increases in consumption of illicit tobacco in New Zealand have seen illegal trade swell to 11.5% of the total market. If consumed legally, illicit products would have netted the Government $287 million in excise tax during 2019. Independent ... More>>

ALSO:

Energy Sector: Meridian Spilled Water To Hike Electricity Prices - Authority Ruling

The Electricity Authority has found that generator Meridian Energy manipulated the power market, costing consumers about $80 million. More>>

ALSO:

XE Data Update: RBNZ Official Cash Rate Decision

The RBNZ will keep the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at 0.25%. T he key points in the RBNZ statement are: RBNZ keeps the OCR unchanged at 0.25% Maintain the LSAP (large scale asset purchase) at NZD$60 billion. Committee prepared to use additional monetary ... More>>

ALSO:

Electricity: Kiwis Ignore Promise Of Cheaper Power

Electric Kiwi and Flick Electric Co are joint winners of Canstar Blue’s award for Most Satisfied Customers | Electricity Providers From putting on an extra layer – rather than turning on a heater – to turning off lights and choosing the energy-saving ... More>>

ALSO:

Electricity: Transmission Pricing For A Low Carbon Future

The Electricity Authority has decided on new guidelines for transmission pricing. James Stevenson-Wallace, Chief Executive of the Electricity Authority says the new guidelines will deliver significant benefits to consumers, through lower electricity ... More>>

ALSO:

NIWA: The Climate Record That Keeps Getting Broken

Among the multitude of New Zealand climate statistics there is one record that continues to be broken month after month. Since January 2017 there has not been one month that recorded a below average nationwide temperature, according to NIWA’s seven station ... More>>

ALSO:

Govt: Extended Loan Scheme Keeps Business Afloat

Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small ... More>>

ALSO:

Science: 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes Announced

The 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been announced in a digital livestream event today. The Prizes recognise the impact of science on New Zealanders’ lives, celebrate the achievements of current scientists and encourage scientists of the ... More>>

ALSO:


RNZ: Fuel, Alcohol Costs To Go Up From Today

The increase today in the taxes on fuel, road user charges and alcohol is being called a tone-deaf move. More>>

ALSO:

Stardome Observatory: Young Kiwi Astro-Photographer Shoots For The Stars

Matariki by Josh Kirkley. The stars are aligning for up-and-coming Auckland-based astro-photographer Josh Kirkley (Kāi Tahu). During lockdown, one of his images was picked up by NASA and shared on the space agency’s Instagram to its 59.2 million ... More>>


DCANZ: Time For EU To Commit To A Level Playing Field For Trade

The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) has welcomed New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker’s statement that it is unacceptable for New Zealand exporters to continue facing an ‘unlevel playing field’ in the EU. Details leaked ... More>>

ALSO:

Potatoes New Zealand: Protecting NZ Fries As Part Of PNZ Pandemic Recovery & Transformation Plan

Potatoes New Zealand has met with Minister Faafoi this week to discuss investigating the potential importation of heavily discounted frozen potato chips into New Zealand. With MBIE’s support we are undertaking an investigation to gather evidence of the ... More>>

ALSO:


New Zealand Government: Supporting Kiwi Businesses To Resolve Rent Disputes

The Government will legislate to ensure businesses that suffered as a result of the COVID-19 response will get help to resolve disputes over commercial rent issues, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. More>>

ALSO: