Press Releases and Media Statements

Autumn 2021-22 Cereal Performance Trials

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

26 April 2022

Autumn 2021-22 Cereal Performance trials report available

The latest cereal performance trial results have been published.

The annual independent trials have been running since the 1990s and brings valuable research to growers to assist their farm productivity and profitability.

New and improved varieties offer growers higher yield potential, disease and pest resistance and profitability.

For a breeding company to bring a new cultivar to the marketplace costs can exceed a million dollars and an investment of 8 to 10 years of R&D.

Crops involved in the trials include wheat (milling and feed) and barley (feed and malting). The field trials were hosted at a dozen sites across NZ, primarily in the Canterbury, South Canterbury and Southland regions and involved over 30 different cultivars.

The crops were sown in late April 2021 and harvested through to February 2022.

CPT report Autumn 2022

News Release – 1 February 2022

Thursday, February 24th, 2022

Seeds of traceability in digital move.

Seed Certification to go digital, for the full article click on the link below.

https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/horticulture/seeds-traceability-digital-move

 

News Release – 22 February 2022

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

NZ Seed Exports Holding Up                                             

Despite ongoing COVID pandemic complications and shipping challenges, New Zealand’s seed exports are holding up well.

Over 55,000 tonnes or the equivalent of around 2750 shipping containers of high quality specialty seed was sent to over 70 international markets, worth more than $236m (FoB) in calendar year 2021, according to latest StatsNZ’s Overseas Trade Statistics.

Export revenue for the year ended December 2021 was 5% lower than a year earlier.

Around half of NZ seed exports by value go to the Netherlands (22%), Australia (11%), Germany (10%), and USA (8%).

Pasture seed including ryegrass, fescue and clover exports were worth around $133m.

Vegetable seed exports including radish, carrot, and beet were valued at $96m.

Grain seed exports were worth $6.5m.

Most of NZs seed is grown and harvested in the Canterbury region, centered in or around Ashburton.

The region has near perfect climatic conditions, abundant seed production expertise, world-class seed quality management systems and the necessary supporting processing infrastructure.

NZ Grain and Seed Trade Association general manager Thomas Chin said that with a combination of extreme climatic drought and flooding events causing significant disruptions to a range of Northern Hemisphere seed production regions in 2020, some additional trade opportunities has been created for our exporters.

Our exporters have been able to keep and win new international customers because of a highly capable group of growers who are focused on supplying top quality product, which in turn delivers significant premiums, he added.

Fast Facts

  • Seed exports were valued at $236m in 2021
  • Largest export categories are: pasture seed $133m, vegetable seed $96m, cereal seed $6.5m
  • Top export destinations by value: Netherlands, Australia, Germany, USA.

For further information, please contact:

Thomas Chin, General Manager, NZGSTA

Ph (03) 349 8430 or 021 679 989

Thomas.chin@seedindustrynz.co.nz

The Engine of New Zealand Agriculture

Monday, October 4th, 2021

Seeds of Success

Pasture and crops grown from our seed literally

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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

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