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Newsletter May/June 2021

Friday, June 4th, 2021

NZGSTA May/June 2021 Newsletter includes the following:

This newsletter covers the following items of interest:

May June newsletter  

  • SCIS Update
  • Detection of pepino mosaic virus in New Zealand
  • AIMI Cereal Report
  • Import conditions for Carrot and Fennel seed for Sowing to Australia
  • ZERO rated Biosecurity Levy – industry consultation
  • PVR Act Reform
  • Biosecurity – Report a Pest or Disease
  • NZGSTA no longer accepting cheques

 Events

  • Women’s Forum
  • Grain & Seed Trade Golf Day
  • United Wheat Growers – Grain Growing Awards
  • NZGSTA Grains & Pulses Forum – registrations open
  • NZGSTA Annual Conference – registrations open
  • ISF Congress – postponed
  • APSA

Grain & Seed Trade Golf Day – May 2021

Monday, May 24th, 2021
The Ashburton Grain & Seed Association & New Zealand Grain & Seed Trade Association held the annual Ambrose Golf Day on Thursday 20th May on a perfect Canterbury autumn day.
Hosted by the Tinwald Golf Club with around 80 players made up of association members, managers, agents, office and store staff.
The Duncan Storrier trophy was up for grabs with the 2020 winners keen to retain it. However, being a game of 18 holes, the pressure was on and with only 2.75 shots between first and second place, the team from Hamburg Sud took out the win and the trophy.
The Hamburg team members were Mark Ryan, Grant Milner, David King and Gordon Kenton with a score of 55 shots; followed by second place Speciality Seeds with 57.75 shots.
A great day out was had by all and industry members got the opportunity to network and catch up.
Thank you to all those who took part in the day and sponsors to help make the day a success.
                             
                                           Hamburg Sud winning team – 2021

Women in Seed Forum – 2021

Monday, May 24th, 2021
Women in Seed Forum – May 2021
The second NZGSTA Women in Seed Forum was held at Riccarton Park Function Centre on the 19th of May and attended by 108 women from the Seed Industry.
The roles of these women varied from agronomists, lab technicians, logistics roles, administrative roles, account managers, research technicians, grain traders, farmers and those passionate about the grain and seed industries.
Developed and hosted by the New Zealand Grain and Seed Trade Association, Executive Councillor Charlotte Connoley, the purpose of the forum was to provide more opportunities for networking amongst women within the industry in addition to providing a platform for further discussion and collaboration around key challenges and opportunities that face the grain and seed industries.
Full article will be in the May/June Newsletter.
                         .
    Charlotte Connoley & Nicola Grigg MP
    Alison Stewart – CEO FAR
   Deb Francis – AgRecruit
   Two Raw Sisters – Rosa & Margo
  Alana Crampton – Tavendale & Partners
    Milly Taylor – Mainfreight Air & Ocean
   Megan van Lieshout – Soul Nourishment

Luisetti Seeds – Commitment to growers and markets

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
Pektus machine marks a new era for Luisetti Seeds.
The cutting-edge Pektus seed and cereal cleaning, treating and packing production line represents Luisetti Seeds’ commitment to growers and markets.
 
Congratulations to the Luisetti team on the opening of the new Pektus plant in Ashburton last month.
 
Photos –
Richard Luisetti and Mark Frampton on the new Pektus plant;
 
Hon Damien O’Connor along with Max Luisetti cutting the ribbon to officially open the new plant alongside Vincent Luisetti

NZGSTA Newsletter March – April 2021

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

This Newsletter covers the following items of interest:

  • Plant Variety Rights Act Review
  • Neonic Review
  • SCIS Special General Meeting Update
  • Reinstatement of Imports of Tomato and Capsicum Seeds from Israel
  • Seed Exports $250m
  • NZGSTA New Councillor
  • FAR Maize Levy Rate remains Unchanged
  • Biosecurity Levy – ZERO Rated
  • Webinar International Trade Prospects in 2021
  • Social Media
  • Upcoming Events

https://mailchi.mp/7d4a8e2ead2a/newsletter-march-5149324

COVID-19 Update – From Ray Smith – MPI – 27 February 2021

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Kia Ora,

The Prime Minister announced tonight that Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 from 6am, Sunday February 28, and the rest of the country will move to Alert Level 2.

The Alert Levels will initially be in place for a period of seven days while further investigations are conducted.

The primary sector can continue to operate at both levels 2 and 3. Businesses and workers need to comply with the Government’s COVID-19 alert level settings and observe any protocols for their particular industry. For more information please see here.

An Alert Level boundary will be in place around Auckland. Many primary sector businesses will be able to travel across the Alert Level boundary.  These include businesses involved in:

  • primary processing, production and supply of food and drink. It also includes businesses involved in the production of packaging for the products of primary production for food ordrink and all businesses transporting freight.
  • veterinary and animal health and welfare services, but only if travel between Alert Level areas is necessary to enable the service to be provided and not providing the service would result in animal welfare concerns.

Please note, forestry and wood processing can operate within the alert level boundaries, but they will have to apply for an exemption to travel across the alert level boundary unless they are involved in packaging for food and drink.  Note that forestry and wood processing freight can cross the border, but not employees going to work.

More information about permitted activities, exemptions and travel across Alert Level boundaries can be found here on the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) website.

Register to travel

A reminder that MBIE has developed a Business Travel Register (see here)  to enable businesses and organisations to request travel documents: either for permitted activities or, if required, to seek an exemption to travel from the Director-General of Health if your business activity does not appear on the permitted activities referred to above.

The Business Travel Register will generate Business Travel Documents for workers to display at checkpoints.  This includes a QR code, which enables Police at the cordon to verify the document digitally against the travel register. It is important that today you register your businesses for travel.

If you requested and received Business Travel Documents during the Alert Level 3 in Auckland earlier this month, or received an exemption, you can use those documents and do not need to apply again.

Thank you for your perseverance and commitment to continue operating while keeping your staff and New Zealanders safe from COVID-19.

Ray Smith

MPI Director-General

Webinar – 9 March from Midday – Challenges Facing International Traders in 2021

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

Challenges Facing International Traders in 2021

A webinar will be held Tuesday 9th March from midday – for Grain and Seed “Challenges facing International Traders in 2021”

The webinar will be for approximately an hour and in conjunction with Western Union.

You will need to register and details will be sent out very soon.

It will be recorded so if you can’t make it at midday the recording can be sent to you.

This morning the USD has hit almost a 3 year high so given the major banks are calling it as a potential shift to .78 NZD/USD ( which of course ) is never guaranteed, and currency analyst’s are talking of potentially higher.

COVID-19 – Update from MPI – 15 February 2021

Monday, February 15th, 2021

News Release – 15 February 2021

Ray Smith, MPI Director-General

Kia Ora,

I just wanted to update you with some helpful information now that Auckland has moved to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand Alert Level 2.

The lockdown will initially be for a period of 72 hours, until midnight Wednesday, while further investigations and tracing are conducted. This will be reviewed on a 24-hour basis.

The primary sector can continue to operate at both levels 2 and 3. Businesses and workers need to comply with the Government’s COVID-19 alert level settings and observe any protocols for their particular industry. For more information please see here.

An Alert Level boundary is in place around Auckland. Please see here. Many primary sector businesses will be able to travel across the Alert Level boundary.  These include businesses involved in:

  • primary processing, production and supply of food and drink. It also includes businesses involved in the production of packaging for the products of primary production for food ordrink and all businesses transporting freight.
  • veterinary and animal health and welfare services, but only if travel between Alert Level areas is necessary to enable the service to be provided and not providing the service would result in animal welfare concerns.

More information about permitted activities and travel across Alert Level boundaries can be found here on the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) website.

You can view the health order for the Alert Level settings here.

Register to travel

MBIE has developed a Business Travel Register (see here)  to enable businesses and organisations to request travel documents: either for permitted activities or, if required, to seek an exemption to travel from the Director-General of Health if your business activity does not appear on the permitted activities list referred to above.

The Business Travel Register will generate Business Travel Documents for workers to display at checkpoints.  This includes a QR code, which enables Police at the cordon to verify the document digitally against the travel register. It is important that today you register your businesses for travel.

MPI is committed to working with the sector and I am confident that together we can deal with any issues that may arise.

Ray Smith

MPI Director-General

Ryegrass the Largest Proprietary Pasture Seed Crop

Friday, February 12th, 2021

News Release – 12 February 2021

Ryegrass the Largest Proprietary Pasture Seed Crop                                 

Calendar year 2020 sales figures from the Plant Breeding and Research Association (PBRA) shows over 10,700 tonnes of branded proprietary pasture seed was sold to farmers, up 21% on 2015. This was the strongest sales year on record.

Proprietary seed, which comes with built-in technological advances to increase performance, is increasingly recognised as the one of the best investment farmers can make in their land says Association president David Green.

“This is the highest quality seed you can buy. As well as its advanced performance attributes, it’s certified, which means it has been grown under regulatory supervision, has passed inspection for purity and germination, and is fully traceable.”

The current market for forage seeds shows ryegrass and clover dominates the category.

Most of this seed is produced by specialist growers in the Canterbury region. Certified ryegrass and clover seed was grown on around 29,000 hectares.

Different ryegrass types comprise 81% of grass seed sales by volume. Red and white clover comprises 9% of the legume sales by volume.

Mr Green says NZ pasture seed development is underpinned by intensive and local private breeding programs.

And breeders are focused on delivering new locally adapted seed genetics and desirable traits for our pastoral farmers.

Seed breeding and development can take up to a decade and cost up to $1million before a new cultivar is ready for the commercial market.

“There are many variables with seed selection and proprietary seed is genetically superior to older public domain varieties and the degenerating quality of farm saved or farm traded seed; the latter is of course illegal under the Plant Variety Rights Act.

Mr Green said that the forage genetics and seed technologies farmers use is more important than ever and proprietary seed is reliable and high performing for long-term success.

For further information, please contact:

Thomas Chin, General Manager, NZPBRA

Ph 021 679 989

Thomas.chin@seedindustrynz.co.nz

News Release – New Zealand Seed Exports Worth $250m

Friday, February 5th, 2021

2021_02_05 – Press Release – NZ Seed Exports worth $250 m