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Water, Soil & Environment: new MfE policies & Regional plan changes
Stage 1 – for the next 5 years
Ministry for Environment’s new Freshwater Management Proposal requires growers across New Zealand to develop and implement a Farm Environment Plan (FEP) by 2022. Growers in many regions (eg: Canterbury) are already required to develop an FEP to maintain permitted activity status and/or to support their application for resource consent to farm.
Horticulture NZ are recommending growers register for NZGAP’s Environment Management System (EMS) add-on to meet the requirement for FEPs.
PNZ’s regulatory consultant also recommends this FEP as it is fully audited by AsureQuality or SGS alongside the usual NZGAP audit.
This will enable growers to demonstrate to regulators that they are adapting good environmental practice.
Click on these links for info and to register. EMS info and NZGAP EMS add-on registration.
Stage 2 – Emissions Taskforce
The Emissions Project PNZ-79 & it’s taskforce will further develop tools to ensure the ongoing social and regulatory license to grow in the future. Read about our first taskforce meeting on the 13th September, click here. A brief project summary can be found here.
Regional Plans & National Policies: Make your Submissions
All submissions for ECAN’s Plan Change 7 have been received, these include a submission from PNZ & Hort NZ.
Submissions for Horizon’s Plan Change 2 are due on the 31st October 2019. PNZ have created a pro-forma submission for potato growers to make their own submission. This can be found and downloaded on our website here or directly download the PDF here. PNZ are making an industry submission but recommend individual farm submissions too.
An overview of all National Consultations can be found here, scroll to the bottom of the linked page for the overview table.
Ministry for Environment meetings can be found here.
Submissions on National Policy Statement for Water are due 17th October 2019 and can be made here. Hort NZ have written a one-page summary for your information which you can read here. PNZ are making an industry submission but recommend individual farm submissions too.
Submissions for National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Soils are due 10th October 2019 and can be made here. PNZ are making an industry submission but recommend individual farm submissions too.
PNZ Useful Links
- Complete your levy forms: You can find the BCI & Direct Sales Levy forms here
- Exporter forms are due 31st October 2019: find the forms here
- Seed Certification forms and register are now updated and can be found here for download, scroll to the bottom of the page in the link
- Keep up-to-date with our R&D projects via our website here
- Export news and statistics read here
- Read our latest media articles here.
- Events can be seen listed on our calendar here.
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