|The Potatoes New Zealand Board and team would like to acknowledge the death of Ron Gall, this week.|
Ron was the Business Manager for Potatoes NZ from 1991-2012 and put our industry on the world stage when hosting the 7th World Potato Congress and International Year of the Potato in 2009. He made an outstanding 21 year contribution to Horticulture NZ and is remembered fondly by those who knew him.
Deepest sympathies to his wife Gail and family.
A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at Lychgate Funerals, 7 Johnsonville Rd, Wellington, on Monday, May 31, at 12.00pm, followed by a private cremation. Messages to the family can be sent to Lychgate Funerals, 306 Willis Street, Aro Valley, Wellington 6011. www.lychgate.co.nz
The MBIE final report on the investigation into European Processed Potato dumping is available here. MBIE have concluded that there is minimal dumping, not enough to suggest threat nor to warrant tariffs. PNZ are consulting with processors and the PNZ Board to decide next steps.
PNZ continues to engage with industry at our Grower Insights Meetings, the most recent was in Ashburton to a large group of 25. These meetings are listed on our events page and enable growers to let us know what their challenges are, and how we can best support. It’s also an opportunity for a farmer to farmer exchange of ideas and learnings.
It’s also where we are gathering info through a grower survey about FEPs and Farm Environment Management. If you wish to complete the 3-5 minute grower survey at home, you can download it here.
Next Grower Insight meeting is in Palmerston North at the Distinction Hotel, 29th June. Details here.
PNZ COMMS & ENGAGEMENT
Due to uncertainty with pandemic alerts 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.
Latest PNZ articles this month include Niki Bezzant’s Potato Poutine Vlog here and an update on Sustainable Vegetable Systems Project here and did you see April’s Seed Exhibition story?
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.
Read the latest PNZ articles on our website.
Future Proofing Vegetable Production project has a new milestone report on our website. Read about their findings on nutrient budgets, fertiliser management and guidelines.
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 formsRevised NZ Certified Seedlines & RulebookAll NZ Seed Potato Guides & resourcesAll notices & newslettersWe 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
Grower Resources here
Seed Grower Resources here
Export statistics read here
Media articles here
The PNZ team are here to help you
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