Industry News

A selection of topical articles about potatoes and the potato industry in New Zealand and abroad…

Te Radar to MC Potatoes NZ conference awards dinner 26 April 2017 -   With a string of awards to his name, including the countries highest accolades for comedy, Te Radar is one of New Zealand’s most recognised comedians and personalities. ...
Conference – Martin Snedden confirmed as keynote speaker 26 April 2017 - Martin Snedden, renowned cricket player and ex CEO of Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd the company responsible for staging the extremely successful Rugby World Cup 2011, will open the ...
Grower Talk – Mesh Crop Covers 26 April 2017 - Dr Charles Merfield from the BHU Future Farming Centre spoke at a recent Growers Talk in Lincoln. The topic was Mesh crop covers for non-chemical potato pest and ...
Country of Origin labelling a step closer 13 April 2017 -   The first reading of the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill was passed in Parliament yesterday (12 April).   “Given our recent survey showed ...
Award Winning Potato Agronomist to speak at Potatoes NZ Conference 4 April 2017 - Potatoes NZ are delighted to announce that award winning potato agronomists John Sarup is confirmed as a keynote speaker for the Potatoes New Zealand biennial conference in Pukekohe ...
The arrival of an unwanted pest – the impact on your business.  30 March 2017 - For many growers, the arrival or detection of an unwanted pest such as fruit fly into New Zealand is the stuff of nightmares.  The loss of access to ...
Fiji import conditions for fresh potatoes – reminder 24 March 2017 -   Dear exporters, The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) is inspecting all fresh potato consignments on arrival in Fiji so it is vital that all these consignments meet ...
Hort NZ 2017 Leadership Programme 21 March 2017 Leadership Development Training - Applications Now Open! Find out more - Hort NZ Leadership Programme 2017
Thailand Food Regulation update 22 February 2017 - Thailand Food Regulation: Labelling of Prepackaged Food, 2017 update On 1 December 2014, Thailand implemented new labelling criteria for pre-packaged foods. A grace period of two years was ...
Horticulture New Zealand Scholarships 2017 1 February 2017 - Every year HortNZ offer scholarships to New Zealand students and trainees undergoing significant industry training or education who show a special interest in the fruit and vegetable industry. ...
Best Chip Shop Competition back for 2017 1 February 2017 - Time to celebrate Hot Chips - Best Chip Shop Competition back for 2017   The Best Chip Shop Competition is back by popular demand in 2017, after a ...
Surge in spending on NZ Fries 31 January 2017 - A surge in spending on New Zealand fries in November was the main factor behind a new monthly record import total for Australia of Au$ 15.057 million. Spending ...
Say Hello to the Grocerant 31 January 2017 - “Potatoes have a key role in many of the food trends in 2017.” The latest hybrid consumption trend is the clumsily-named ‘Grocerant’ – a mix of grocer and ...
Tomato potato psyllid myths 31 January 2017 - By this time of the year tomato potato psyllid (TPP, Bactericera cockerelli) populations are peaking in potato crops. A bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso), is carried and passed ...
GIA – How it will affect the potato industry 31 January 2017 - "A key aspect to GIA is the pre-agreement between Government (MPI) and industry groups around decisions and actions on how to respond in the event of a pest ...
PCN Dispensation Process Removed 7 June 2016 Export - This is a reminder with planting just around the corner to plan ahead. Now that the PCN/Potato Wart OAP dispensation process has be removed for the 2016-17 export season PNZ ...
Fiji Export Market Access Update 11 March 2016 Eport - Following the recent change in import certificate requirements within Fiji Potatoes NZ Inc. have been working with MPI to negotiate a pre-approved MAO procedure and develop a practical ...
Kellogg Rural Leadership Applications Open  22 February 2016 Leadership Development - Applications for the 2016 Kellogg Rural Leadership Programmecourses commencing in June 2016 are now open. Attached is  a one-pager on the course with full details are on the new website www.kellogg.org.nz with applications ...
EPA Application for Tamarixia – a TPP Bio Control Agent 12 February 2016 Psyllid Research - A collective of horticultural industry groups comprising Potatoes New Zealand Inc, Tomatoes NZ Inc, Vegetables NZ Inc, Heinz-Wattie’s NZ Ltd, and NZ Tamarillo Growers Association Inc has applied ...
R and D Trials Tours Pukekawa and Canterbury – January 2016 6 January 2016 - Upcoming R & D Trial Tours   The following FAR organised R & D Trial Tours will be held in January 2016.   Potato and Barley Field Trials ...
PNZ Inc. Welcomes New CEO 10 November 2015 - Stuart Wright, Chair of PNZ Inc. announced today the appointment of Chris Claridge to the position of CEO, Potatoes NZ Inc. and welcomed him to the organisation.  Chris will ...
Liberibactor Identification Workshop for Seed Growers and Inspectors 2 November 2015 - The NZ Seed Potato Certification Authority scheme rules now require inspectors to record the incidence of suspected Liberibacter symptoms and for growers to rogue plants with suspected Liberibacter ...
PNZ Inc. Conference Registrations – Closed 13 July 2015 Conference Event - 2015 PNZ Inc. Conference - 10 days away, registrations now closed. Registrations closed this morning for the 2015 Potatoes NZ Inc. conference to be held in Ashburton next ...
FAR Press Release – Sustainable Agriculture 12 May 2015 Research - Practical Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture 2015 is the UN designated International Year of Soils, and soil management will be a key feature of a series of one day ...