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HORTNZ LEADS IN­DUS­TRY WIDE IS­SUES FOR IN­DUS­TRY GOOD

NZ Grower - - Contents - More in­for­ma­tion can be found on the con­fer­ence web­site www.con­fer.co.nz/ hortnz2017/

In­dus­try wide is­sues for in­dus­try good

GROWER SUP­PORT

En­gage­ment with the New Zealand pub­lic is clearly show­ing its de­sire to have manda­tory Coun­try of Ori­gin La­belling (CoOL) Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand told the Pri­mary Pro­duc­tion Se­lect Com­mit­tee at Par­lia­ment in May. The Se­lect Com­mit­tee was hearing sub­mis­sions on the Con­sumers’ Right to Know (Coun­try of Ori­gin of Food) Bill be­fore Par­lia­ment, in May and June. Hort NZ spoke to its sub­mis­sion for manda­tory CoOL on fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles, which has been backed by 15 other grower groups and af­fil­i­ates. Pres­i­dent Julian Raine, chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Chap­man and biose­cu­rity and trade pol­icy man­ager Richard Palmer spoke about the re­sults of the pub­lic sur­vey on CoOL un­der­taken by Con­sumer NZ, as well as the pub­lic en­gage­ment via the Face­book page we have set up. That Face­book page has reached 660,000 peo­ple and feed­back has been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive. They said the mes­sage from the pub­lic is clear and some of the ob­jec­tions be­ing put for­ward don’t stack up.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Chap­man was asked by me­dia, in­clud­ing the New Zealand Herald and RNZ Ru­ral News, how hor­ti­cul­ture fared in the Bud­get 2017. He gave the Bud­get a “pass” mark for its plan to spend more on New Zealand’s biose­cu­rity and in­fra­struc­ture, but touched on con­cerns about los­ing land that we grow fruit and veg­eta­bles on to houses. This is a key is­sue that Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand is ad­dress­ing with me­dia when­ever we can.

Fresh Facts has a new edi­tion out, show­ing that pro­duce from the New Zealand hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try is worth $8.7 bil­lion a year, in­clud­ing more than $5 bil­lion of exports, a new high.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to see the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try is on track to meet its goal of $10 bil­lion by 2020,” says Mike Chap­man, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand. “Our keen un­der­stand­ing of the global con­sumer and the com­mit­ment to qual­ity at ev­ery stage of the value chain means our pro­duce com­mands a pre­mium in the mar­ket­place, and this is re­flected in the out­stand­ing growth of the in­dus­try.” The book­let, pro­duced by Plant & Food Re­search and sup­ported by Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand, is avail­able on­line at www.fresh­facts.co.nz

IN­DUS­TRY

Thanks to feed­back and in­put from em­ploy­ers and in­dus­try, Hort NZ has nom­i­nated two po­si­tions to be added to the Es­sen­tial Skills in De­mand April 2017 Re­view; these are agron­o­mist/ farm man­ager, and sprayer/trac­tor

◀ CoOL in ac­tion in the United States. This photo taken in San An­to­nio Whole Foods. op­er­a­tor. The Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment (MBIE) will re­view the nominations and se­lect oc­cu­pa­tions for re­view. If our nominations are suc­cess­ful we will be seek­ing in­dus­try in­put for the ev­i­dence to sup­port the re­view of these oc­cu­pa­tions, so watch this space.

BIOSE­CU­RITY

Hort NZ biose­cu­rity and trade pol­icy man­ager Richard Palmer joined oth­ers from across in­dus­try, sci­ence, and gov­ern­ment for a panel dis­cus­sion on Biose­cu­rity 2025 (B2025) in the biose­cu­rity ses­sion on the open­ing day of the Na­tional Sci­ence Chal­lenge Bio­her­itage Con­fer­ence. Hort NZ di­rec­tor and Ki­wifruit Vine Health chief ex­ec­u­tive Barry O’Neil also spoke to the chal­lenges of pro­tect­ing New Zealand. The panel dis­cussed a range of the strate­gic direc­tions in B2025, but most im­por­tantly the role of sci­ence and the need for a high qual­ity sci­ence sys­tem with ap­pro­pri­ate fund­ing, in­clud­ing the raise in biose­cu­rity sci­ence fund­ing to $80 mil­lion.

Hort NZ at­tended the Ze­spri and Ki­wifruit Vine Health brown mar­morated stink bug (BMSB) readi­ness work­shop in May. This work­shop gave in­sight to the de­tailed re­sponse needs on the ground, and de­vel­oped the learn­ings from the Hor­ti­cul­ture In­dus­try Fo­rum BMSB work­shop ear­lier in the year. For­tu­nately, a num­ber of New Zealan­ders have been par­tic­u­larly ea­gle-eyed on BMSB over the sum­mer, and helped to mit­i­gate the po­ten­tial for in­cur­sion. Now is our time to en­sure we are well pre­pared for the next BMSB high-risk sea­son, and a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of sec­tors have been de­vel­op­ing the BMSB Op­er­a­tional Agree­ment with MPI.

Hort NZ has worked with NZ Av­o­cado, NZ Cit­rus Grow­ers, Ki­wifruit Vine Health, and NZ Fei­joa Grow­ers to con­firm the mea­sures that grow­ers can take to sup­port the myr­tle rust re­sponse. Myr­tle rust in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on the Hort NZ web­site un­der Biose­cu­rity. See fur­ther cov­er­age in this mag­a­zine.

Hort NZ, to­gether with a num­ber of com­mer­cial hor­ti­cul­tural busi­nesses, at­tended the sec­ond Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment (MBIE) work­shop look­ing at pos­si­ble changes to the Plant Va­ri­ety Rights Act 1987. The work­shop ex­plored the key themes of breed­ing def­i­ni­tion and dis­tinc­tive­ness, ex­ten­sion of rights to har­vested ma­te­rial, com­pul­sory li­cens­ing, farm saved seed, and the In­ter­na­tional Union for the Pro­tec­tion of New Va­ri­eties of Plants (UPOV). Hort NZ is keen to hold an in­dus­try work­shop with MBIE to en­sure grow­ers’ views are heard. If you are in­ter­ested in be­ing in­volved please con­tact Richard Palmer. There is fur­ther de­tail in this mag­a­zine. NAT­U­RAL RE­SOURCES

Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand vis­ited Opotiki in May, talk­ing to ki­wifruit grow­ers and re­gional and district coun­cils in prepa­ra­tion for the up­com­ing Opotiki District Plan.

The Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment team at­tended a work­shop hosted by the Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil to dis­cuss the re­cent pro­ceed­ings in the En­vi­ron­ment Court and the process go­ing for­ward for the land use con­sents un­der the Hori­zons One Plan.

Whangarei District Coun­cil has sent a let­ter to peo­ple who sub­mit­ted on the plan changes re­gard­ing the up­com­ing hear­ings. Hort NZ will be pre­sent­ing at the hear­ings.

SUB­MIS­SIONS

Af­ter dis­cus­sions with the Land and Wa­ter Fo­rum and re­ceiv­ing feed­back from var­i­ous groups, HortNZ fi­nalised our sub­mis­sion on the 2017 amend­ments to the Na­tional Pol­icy State­ment for Fresh­wa­ter Man­age­ment. We re­ceived a great amount of sup­port for our sub­mis­sion from var­i­ous prod­uct groups, district as­so­ci­a­tions, and cor­po­rate groups. A copy of our sub­mis­sion is avail­able on our web­site.

HortNZ has sub­mit­ted on a dis­cus­sion doc­u­ment about the Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Author­i­ties leg­is­la­tion that would al­low na­tion­ally or lo­cally sig­nif­i­cant ur­ban de­vel­op­ment projects to be fast-tracked. Our main con­cern in this sub­mis­sion is en­sur­ing the leg­is­la­tion has ap­pro­pri­ate checks that pre­vent it be­ing ap­plied to en­able in­ap­pro­pri­ate green­fields de­vel­op­ment on land

with high pro­duc­tion po­ten­tial. A copy of our sub­mis­sion is in the Nat­u­ral Re­sources sec­tion of the HortNZ web­site.

PEO­PLE

Young Grower of the Year has a brand new web­site, cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing you need to know about the pro­gramme. You can check it out at www.young­groweroftheyear.co.nz

Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand con­tin­ues to call for Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme ap­pli­ca­tions. This is a real op­por­tu­nity to de­velop your skills, meet some other great peo­ple in your in­dus­try, and broaden your hori­zons. Go to the HortNZ web­site or call Sue Pick­er­ing on 021 938 825 for more de­tails.

Af­ter a tough se­lec­tion process, the suc­cess­ful re­cip­i­ents for the three NZ Hor­ti­cen­tre Trust schol­ar­ships are Me­gan Becker and Hey­den Keyte from Massey Univer­sity, and Tay­lor Farr of Waikato Univer­sity. The three HortNZ Un­der­grad­u­ate Schol­ar­ships go to Ge­of­frey Bern­sten and Sarah Ross from Massey, and Thomas Scott from Lin­coln Univer­sity.

Corrections, the Min­istry for So­cial De­vel­op­ment, and HortNZ have been busy visu­al­is­ing the story around ex­of­fend­ers tak­ing up ca­reers in the hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor. Ma­te­rial will be de­vel­oped to show in­mates the pos­si­bil­i­ties that exist in our in­dus­try. One of the pub­lic view­ings will be at a break­fast held by Corrections in Welling­ton in June, at which the Corrections Min­is­ter Louise Up­ston and Prime Min­is­ter Bill English will be in at­ten­dance.

The Veg­etable + Other Fruit In­dus­try part­ner­ship group, led by Hort NZ with strong sup­port from Veg­eta­bles New Zealand, is proud to an­nounce that the tar­get of 175 Level 2 to 4 qual­i­fi­ca­tions in the veg­etable sec­tor set for the Pri­mary ITO has been ex­ceeded by 25% (219 to­tal). Well done to the Pri­mary ITO, and the veg­etable grow­ers sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of their peo­ple.

EVENTS

The Hor­ti­cul­ture Con­fer­ence is the an­nual op­por­tu­nity for in­dus­try to get to­gether and share ideas, learn about in­no­va­tion to im­prove their busi­ness, hear in­spi­ra­tional and in­flu­en­tial speak­ers, con­nect, and so­cialise. It is the place to be. Amer­i­can food and agribusi­ness ex­pert Roland Fu­masi has been an­nounced as one of the key­note speak­ers. Dr Fu­masi is a vi­cepres­i­dent, se­nior an­a­lyst and man­ager for RaboRe­search Food & Agribusi­ness group. He joins an il­lus­tri­ous line-up of more home grown tal­ent, in­clud­ing Dr Jacqueline Rowarth, chief sci­en­tist of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA), Ti­aki Hu­nia, chair of the Maori Ki­wifruit Grow­ers Fo­rum and deputy chair of Te Tumu Paeroa, Rachel Taulelei, the founder of Yel­low Brick Road and the first fe­male chief ex­ec­u­tive of Kono, one of the coun­try’s largest food and bev­er­age ex­porters, and more.

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