Horizons Council have published their notice about decisions on Plan Change 2. You can read it and the Horticulture New Zealand summary of the decisions on our website here under the Horizons column of files.
The MBIE interim report on the investigation into European Processed Potato dumping is available here. Expect further media commentary on this. Processors and growers have been pleased with the traction we have had in the media and the consumer support for NZ Fries and buying local product.
Grower frustration at supermarket conduct on issues such as crates, packaging, grower identity and home-branding may well be addressed if we participate in the Commerce Commission Survey underway at present. Letters to the Commerce Commission can be emailed to email@example.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org and she will ensure the feedback is included in any communication on behalf of industry. All grower feedback remains anonymous.
Supermarkets and NZ food & Grocery Council have already submitted responses to the first stage of the CC survey and these can be read here. Foodstuffs make a lengthy defense of home-branding.
PNZ COMMS & ENGAGEMENT
Due to pandemic alert level uncertainties we are pivoting from our usual Biennial Conference to a roadshow from Canterbury to Pukekohe.
These 2 Potato Industry Forums are listed on our website and held in Winter when growers have more time to attend a daylong event. More info to come as we finalise the programme.
PNZ will also be engaging with industry throughout the year at our Grower Insights Meetings. These are also listed on our events page. We are keen to hear what your challenges are, and how we can best support you. It’s also an opportunity for a farmer to farmer exchange of ideas and learnings.
PNZ will be talking with you the grower, face-to-face and over the phone for our grower survey about FEPs and Farm Environment Management. This opportunity for grower feedback to PNZ continues with the 2nd of our Grower Insights meetings, on May 17th in Ashburton. Details here. If you wish to complete the 3-5 minute grower survey at home, you can download it here.
Growers and key stakeholders are asked to keep an eye on their mailbox for the Autumn mailout. This contains:
PNZ Strategy & Business Transformation Plan April 2021
2021 Certified Seed Lines
2021 Field Walks Handbook
Potatoes New Zealand Grower Survey
Horticulture New Zealand Summary of PC2 Horizon Council Decisions
Latest PNZ articles this month include Potatoes Charitable Trust community spirit in Ophir and Eurogrow’s Seed Exhibition and Tony Hendrikse’s thoughts on challenges and opportunities for industry.
Horticulture New Zealand’s leadership programme is taking inquiries now.
Growers & their levy paying agents
You can now access our Biosecurity Emissions & Levy Information System via our website. Make sure you do so and check the levies against your business name and that all your contact details are correct. If you need help registering to login, please email Nicola Loach.
Please also ensure you have completed your 2020-2021 Direct Sales Levy Form found on our website here.
For your reference the Commodity Levies Order can be read here.
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.
Prior Land Use Warnings
Heinz Watties Ltd have provided us with the list of chemicals which can leave residues affecting potatoes. They advise planting potatoes with a time gap or restriction in soil after the crops and agrichemicals listed. Download the list here or visit our website here.
NZ Seed Potato Certification News
Please visit the NZ Seed Potato Certification pages on our PNZ website to see important recent activities including:
All required forms
Revised NZ Certified Seedlines & Rulebook
All NZ Seed Potato Guides & resources
All notices & newsletters
We know growers are resilient and resourceful, however if needed please reach out for support.
PNZ 0800 399 674
Rural Support 0800 787 254
PNZ USEFUL LINKS
All forms here
R&D projects and more here
Seed Grower Resources here
Export statistics read here
Media articles here
The PNZ team are here to help you
CEO Chris Claridge
Technical Manager Dr. Iain Kirkwood
Communications & Engagement Officer Gemma Carroll
Administration & Finance Officer Nicola Loach
PNZ Agronomist Paula Lleras
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