Progress for grow­ers on sev­eral fronts

Last year the board pro­gressed well on sev­eral fronts, in­clud­ing sub­mit­ting an ap­pli­ca­tion un­der Hort NZ to be­come a Gov­ern­ment In­dus­try Agree­ment (GIA) part­ner on biose­cu­rity, along with 14 other prod­uct groups who have pre­vi­ously joined.

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The board has ex­tended its re­search project devel­op­ment pro­gramme with the Veg­eta­bles Re­search & In­no­va­tion Board to sup­port new projects this year.

The process veg­eta­bles (PVNZ) board is work­ing with the Nat­u­ral Re­sources & En­vi­ron­ment and NZGAP teams in the Hawke’s Bay, Gis­borne and Can­ter­bury re­gions on var­i­ous is­sues rel­e­vant to process grow­ers. As GIA and biose­cu­rity ne­go­ti­a­tions and is­sues are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly more time con­sum­ing, my­self and gen­eral man­ager John Sey­mour are in­creas­ing our in­put and sup­port for day-to-day biose­cu­rity ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the pea wee­vil and the brown mar­morated stink bug (BMSB).

Levy ref­er­en­dum & biose­cu­rity levy In the first half of this year process veg­etable grow­ers will be asked to vote in the levy ref­er­en­dum for the con­tin­u­a­tion of the Process Veg­eta­bles NZ Com­mod­ity Levy and a new Biose­cu­rity Levy. A mo­tion was passed at the spe­cial gen­eral meet­ing at Rakaia on Novem­ber 23, 2017 sup­port­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a sep­a­rate biose­cu­rity levy. You will also be asked to vote in sup­port of the Hort NZ Levy be­cause both or­gan­i­sa­tions co-op­er­a­tively man­age com­mon is­sues at dif­fer­ent lev­els, while al­low­ing Process Veg­eta­bles NZ to man­age is­sues and op­por­tu­ni­ties that specif­i­cally af­fect process veg­etable grow­ers. Th­ese in­clude re­search and biose­cu­rity. De­tails of the levy pro­pos­als will be pub­lished in the March is­sue of this mag­a­zine. In April to June John and I will visit grow­ers to talk about the ref­er­en­dum and an­swer ques­tions.

Biose­cu­rity

Last year the board re­viewed and as­sessed the op­tions for bet­ter biose­cu­rity pro­tec­tion for process veg­etable grow­ers. The board be­lieves it is in the best in­ter­ests of all for Process Veg­eta­bles NZ mem­bers to be­come a part­ner in GIA. The GIA Deed and Op­er­a­tional Agree­ments will clar­ify the roles, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and costs for the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI) and for PVNZ to pro­vide a more en­hanced and dili­gent biose­cu­rity struc­ture.

Hort NZ rep­re­sents us as the sig­na­tory to join GIA and there’s a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing be­tween both groups which out­line: fi­nan­cial re­straints, del­e­ga­tions for Hort NZ to make de­ci­sions, and when to con­sult and a gen­eral re­port­ing pro­gramme. Our board will then con­sult with the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries on in­cur­sions, and re­sponse and man­age­ment op­tions, as writ­ten in the joint PVNZ / GIA op­er­a­tional agree­ments.

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