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In­dus­try wide is­sues for in­dus­try good

Fly Sea­son: It does ap­pear to be that time of the year again, when the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries must swing into ac­tion to re­spond to the de­tec­tion of a pest in an Auck­land sub­urb.

This year it’s the Tau fly, which was found in Ma­nurewa. At the time of writ­ing only one male fly had been found and this did ap­pear to be likely to be the only one found. MPI have placed more than 300 traps in the con­tain­ment zones, which ex­tend 1.5kms from the ini­tial find.

Hort NZ biose­cu­rity man­ager Richard Palmer is on the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries’ Re­sponse Strate­gic Lead­er­ship group as an ob­server, along with Nikki John­son from Cit­rus Grow­ers NZ and John Sey­mour from Veg­eta­bles New Zealand, also as ob­servers. The Tau fly is not con­sid­ered to be as eco­nom­i­cally threat­en­ing as the Queens­land fruit fly and it is at­tracted to a dif­fer­ent range of host plants.

Strange Fruit: Im­ported Ital­ian ki­wifruit is a po­ten­tial path­way for un­wanted pest White Peach Scale (WPS) to en­ter New Zealand. WPS could eas­ily adapt to New Zealand con­di­tions and is there­fore con­sid­ered a threat to our hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­tries.

A ki­wifruit grower re­cently noted a con­trac­tor had left skins from im­ported pro­duce in his orchard. MPI be­lieves im­ported pro­duce presents a neg­li­gi­ble risk for en­try of such pests into or­chards, but we think this ex­am­ple demon­strates just how eas­ily pests could en­ter New Zealand or­chards. Hort NZ urges grow­ers to have prac­tices in place to pre­vent po­ten­tially in­fested im­ported pro­duce from en­ter­ing into or­chards and farms.

RMA Re­form: Hort NZ has been re­view­ing pro­vi­sions in the new Re­source Man­age­ment Act Re­form Bill and will be pre­par­ing a com­pre­hen­sive sub­mis­sion. For more de­tails please con­tact Chris.keenan@hortnz.co.nz. Far North: Hort NZ, sup­ported by lo­cal grow­ers, has been in the En­vi­ron­ment Court in the Far North re­gard­ing set­back dis­tances. The hear­ing took three days. Tas­man: Hort NZ is ap­peal­ing Plan Change 52 ( Up­per Motueka Wa­ter) in the Tas­man Re­source Man­age­ment Plan. The points ap­pealed con­cern se­cu­rity of sup­ply and the lack of pro­vi­sions for root­stock sur­vival wa­ter. Whakatane: Hort NZ is ap­peal­ing de­ci­sions re­leased on the Whakatane District Plan. For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Chris.keenan@hortnz. co.nz. Hawke’s Bay: Fol­low­ing the lodge­ment of a Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion Or­der by par­ties on the Ngaruroro River Hort NZ has been ob­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion for grow­ers to con­sider re­gard­ing this ap­pli­ca­tion. Read more here: www.hortnz.co.nz.

TRADE The Trans Pa­cific Part­ner­ship Agree­ment was signed in Auck­land in Fe­bru­ary, with the full sup­port of Hort NZ. The deal is es­ti­mated to be worth $26 mil­lion a year to horticulture mainly through re­duc­tions in tar­iffs in

Tau fly signs in Ma­nurewa

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