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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.firstname.lastname@example.org. 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