Press Releases and Media Statements

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

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

ISF World Seed Congress 2021 – Registrations Open

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

ISF Congress Spain July 2021

Quality Seed – 4 February 2021

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

2021_02_04 – News Release – Quality Seed media release Final

Container Loading Protocol

Friday, January 15th, 2021

2021_01_15 – News Release – NR export container protocols

2020_01_07 – Seed Producers Export Process (v1.0) FINAL

News Release: NZ cereal grain production nearly 1million tonnes

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

22 December 2020

News Release: NZ cereal grain production nearly 1million tonnes

New Zealand growers produced 994,000 tonnes of wheat, barley, oats and maize grain from 112,000 hectares in the 2020 harvest, according to new Agricultural Production data from Statistics NZ.

Land under cereal grain production in NZ covers around twice the area of Lake Taupo. Over 77 percent of the crops are grown in the South Island and are concentrated in the vital Canterbury province.

Wheat

For the year ending 30 June 2020, 45,200 hectares of wheat was harvested, roughly the same as the 5 year average. A total of 448,100 tonnes was harvested, equating to a yield per hectare of 9.9 tonnes.

Barley

In the year ended 30 June 2020, 45,800 hectares of grain barley was harvested, down 13 percent on the 5 year average. The total yield was 333,600 tonnes, or 7.28 tonnes per hectare, compared with the 5 year average of 6.98t/h. Canterbury accounted for nearly two-thirds of the total area harvested. Barley is commonly used for stock feed and for malt used in beer production.

Maize grain

The area of maize grain harvested was 14,800 hectares for the year ending 30 June 2020, 15% down on the 17,350 ha 5 year average. Nearly all maize grain is harvested in the North Island. The main growing regions are Waikato, Gisborne, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay.

For further information, please contact:

Thomas Chin, General Manager, New Zealand Grain and Seed Trade Association

Ph 03 341 6059 or 021 679 989

Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Extend an Invitation

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

End Point Royalties 2020

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

End Point Royalties Nov 2020