Well done to Potato Growers swiftly adapting to working under Pandemic Level 4 guidelines.We move to Level 3 at 11.59pm Monday 27th April. MPI have provided updated guidelines on their website here.
The MPI guiding principles are:Prevent the introduction of COVID-19 into the workplacePrevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplaceEliminate COVID-19. Click here to view the PDF of MPI safe practice guidance or view on our webpage here.
Click here to see Level 3 Fact Sheet.
Click here to see details on all alert levels.
Processor customers will be able to operate contactless food service at Level 3, with online ordering, online payment, delivery or click and collect. Please direct food service operators to our Chip Group website for guidelines here.Many PNZ meetings have either moved to Zoom or been postponed. Check our events page for updates on these here.
Now more than ever, the PNZ area planted surveys are imperative for informing industry pandemic recovery plans. Please complete the form you receive in the mail or download one from our website as soon as possible and email it to Nicola Loach.
PNZ are in contact with international growing and processing organisations to learn from overseas trends and are investigating application for tariffs as a way to support NZ processors.
We know growers are resilient and resourceful, however if you are feeling the strain please reach out for support.
PNZ 0800 399 674
Rural Support 0800 787 254
PNZ have our own Covid-19 page here.
Hort NZ advice is here.
Sign up for Hort NZ newsletter here.
Government Covid-19 website here and MPI website info for farmers here.
Reminder to Growers & Exporters
Growers it is imperative that we receive your area planted forms. These have been mailed to you and can also be found on our website here.
Growers please also ensure you have completed your 2018 to 2019 Direct Sales Levy Form found on our website here.
For your reference the Commodity Levies Order can be read here.
Exporters please assist us by keeping up-to-date with your Buyer Created Invoices, which can be downloaded here and have been emailed to you as well.
Your contact details: UPDATE US
We are aware that some of you may have new emails or mobile numbers and are missing out on our communications. Please ensure we can keep you informed of events and updates by emailing Nicola Loach.
Farm Management info has been updated on our site this month, click here to view. It includes an analysis of Plan Change 1 for Waikato.
Did you see the latest Potato Chat Blog and Vlog from Niki Bezzant?
We love these new snappy videos and hope you can share them in your networks too. Watch the vlog with Niki here.
This supports the Covid-19 PNZ marketing response, which is to go back to basics for consumers – spuds being nutritious, energy packed, versatile and store well. The new Consumer Guide will also be a useful resource to provide at retail level.
PNZ is now also on Linkedin: connect with us there.
We have updated the R&D Projects page with some milestone reports and final reports here. One in particular to take advantage of, for farm management, is the Don’t Muddy the Water and Soil Erosion Phosphate Dashboard (PNZ-12 & PNZ-73) where you can access the DMTW APP and final reports. Great work from Andrew Barber and Agrilink.co.nz/.
NZGAP’s FEP series of workshops have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. FEPs will become mandatory and they enable farmers to get consent to grow.
You will find a number of useful resources on our farm management page on the website.
PNZ USEFUL LINKS
Area Planted Survey here
Complete your levy forms: You can find the BCI & Direct Sales Levy forms here
Exporter forms are due monthly or when you purchase to export: find the forms here
Degree Day Graphs fromPFR here
Residue Compliance Handbook is revised and ready for download
Seedlines & Rulebook have been updated and can be found 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 linkKeep up-to-date with our R&D projects via our website here
Export news and statistics read hereRead our latest media articles here
Events can be seen listed on our calendar here.
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