The Hound understands that Mike Petersen’s time as NZ agriculture’s special trade envoy will soon end.
The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) says controls of movement of fruits and vegetables in Auckland’s Northcote suburb may remain in place throughout winter.
Not long after a few BMSB post-border detections were dealt with, another familiar biosecurity threat has raised its head.
Ministry for Primary Industries staff have intercepted four Queensland fruit fly larvae at Wellington airport, stopping the dangerous pest from making a home in New Zealand.
An operational agreement to reduce the damaging impacts of a fruit fly incursion has been signed by a number of horticulture industry groups.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says it hopes to complete the Queensland fruit fly eradication programme in Auckland within the next few months.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will work closely with the cruise ship industry this season to manage biosecurity risk, especially fruit fly.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says it is relaxing the fruit and vegetable movement controls for some households within Auckland’s fruit fly zone.
The horticulture industry will not have to pay towards the Queensland fruit fly response in Auckland this time – but it will be liable in the future under the Government Industry Agreements.
The nursery and garden industry needs to be inside the tent on biosecurity planning because of its relationships throughout the horticulture and forestry sectors, says Nursery and Garden Industry Association chief executive John Liddle.