The PNZ PMTV survey is well underway. The South Island is almost completed and sampling has started in the North island. Read the latest news here.
Voting for our annual People’s Choice Chip Awards starts on 28th May. Cast your vote here.
Education, Resources & Forms
Importing Countries Phytosanitary Requirements advice from MPI. Find the lists here, they include pests for that country.
Please complete your levy forms: You can find the BCI form here. If your buyer doesn’t pay the levy, then you as a grower need to complete the form, even if your payment is zero. We currently work on a July to June rotation, so please aim for June completion of forms.
Potato Export Standards – the latest version of this advice is on our website here.
Last chance to apply for The Horticulture Leadership Programme 2019.
12 scholarships available from HORTNZ to cover fees and accommodation.
World Potato Congress have launched a free webinar series, which allows you to connect with international research and development. Click on this link to take you to their site.
Chip Group Industry Awards.
Chip Shops and Chip lovers are urged to participate in the People’s Choice and Judges’ Supreme Awards. Entries are now open!!!
Register your entry here.
The first ever Primary Industries NZ summit is in Wellington 1-2 July. Potatoes New Zealand are one of the sponsors for this event and will be in attendance. Read more here.
Inta-Ag forum in Pukekohe – October 2019
Hear from Dr Calum Wilson on powdery scab and soil diseases, John I Keer on PCN and Howard Hinds on disease modelling. Read about it in their March Mag, on page 2.
Horticulture Industry Forum Dates:
2nd October Tauranga
5th December Wellington
Horticulture Conference Dates
31st July-2nd August Mystery Creek. Read about it here.
Horticulture NZ Industry Awards Nominations. Information here.
Potatoes New Zealand 2019 Conference & AGM Christchurch
Growth and Resilience
13th August Agronomists Forum
14th August Conference Day, including AGM & dinner
Registrations here from 30th May & an early bird will be available until 28th June.
It’s a big year for The Chip Group and associated businesses, as we have two industry awards to present at the conference. Read more here and make sure our processing clients are qualified to enter for the awards.
Hort Connections Convention
24th – 26th June Melbourne
Open for registration and promising to be a great opportunity to connect with our friends over the ditch, share R & D, market trends, biosecurity challenges and more. Register now here.
Research and Development
TPP degree day graphs are being updated weekly, thanks to the team working at Plant and Food Research. You can follow the tracking on our website here. Tomato Potato Psyllid is one of the biggest pest challenges for potato and tomato growers.
Keep up-to-date with our R&D projects via our website and come to our agronomists forum on the 13th August, the day before the PNZ Conference. The full day forum will cover highlights and extended discussion with Q&A on most of our projects.
- PNZ & Biosecurity NZ are in the process of developing a management plan, which will involve industry consultation. Click here to read the most recent stakeholder update.
- PNZ have developed a Biosecurity Poster which you can download here. Make Biosecurity a daily practice on your farm or as a rural professional visiting our farms.
In the media
Read the latest report from the Hon. Damien O’Connor, on farmers and climate change. We look forward to hearing from Damien when he opens our conference in August. Beehive Report here.
ECAN’s Robust Assessment of Farm Environments. Read about it here.
Recipe of the month: Chimichurri Potato Breakfast Tacos! Find out how here.
The latest PNZ articles written for NZ Grower:
Protecting potato land.
We now have over 8000 social media followers, across 3 platforms. Our public engagement is growing and we encourage you to share your photos and stories with us via email or on your FB pages. Make sure you tag us, use our #hashtags or connect with us via your chosen platform, so we can keep the momentum going.
#potatoesnz #spudlove #eatlocal #chipgroupNZ #plantbasednutrition #foodasmedicine
Peru, home of the potato, celebrates National Potato Day on the 20th May. Here’s their story of protecting native varieties.
Blending potato varieties is on the rise overseas.
A paper on varietal response to spongospora subterranea/ powdery scab. The paper can be found here.
Life after diquat. Click here.
Aussies stand together on Biosecurity. Story here.
Horticulture meets art – the founder of Potatoism. Read all about it here.
Exporter News and Statistics
See details in the links below.
Fresh potato exports 2019 weeks 16-20
Fresh potato exports 2019 weeks 13-15
Fresh potato exports 2019 weeks 8-12
Fresh potato exports 2019 weeks 4-7
Fresh potato exports 2019 weeks 1-3
Fresh potato exports 2018 weeks 47-52
Processed potato export March 2019
Processed potato export February 2019
Processed potato export January 2019
Processed potato export December 2018
Processed potato export November 2018
Processed potato export October 2018
Processed potato export September 2018
Processed potato export August 2018
Processed potato export July 2018
PNZ Social Media Links
Now over 8,000 people and organisations now follow us on social media to keep up with the latest New Zealand and international potato news. Send us your news and events so we can publish them via our social media channels.