|Read the latest news, admin and technical (includes some Seed Authority news) below.|
It’s been another incredibly disrupted year for all and the hoped for face-to-face farmer events have been mostly postponed or cancelled and left our planning for 2022 uncertain for now as well. Our primary focus remains on research projects to enable a sustainable and secure future for our members.
We run a skeleton crew from December 21st to January 9th, however the technical team will be at their busiest, so many of you will see Iain & the team in the field. Our contact number remains active year round 0800 399 674.
The PNZ team wish to thank the PNZ board and industry for their ongoing stamina and resilience. Read our year in summary here.
Our next newsletter will be at the end of January 2022. Happy Festive Season to you all!
PNZ HEALTH & SAFETY: PANDEMIC UPDATES
The whole of NZ moves to the Traffic Light Framework from the 3rd December. PNZ recommend that industry fully vaccinate in order to reduce risk of serious illness, reduce risk of transmission and reduce disruption to your business.
It is important you consider what this means for your staff as well. We have updated the Employer Section on our Covid-19 webpage.
To read about moving to the new Covid-19 Framework click here.
We regularly update our PNZ Covid-19 webpage which includes:
Template for Covid-19 on farm planning. You can also direct download the template here.
Primary Sector Business Info
Food Service Info
The PNZ team are now double-vaccinated. If you are having difficulty accessing a vaccine, due to time or location constraints please let us know.
PNZ 0800 399 674
Rural Support 0800 787 254
Be Covid-19 ready.
PNZ COMMS & ENGAGEMENT
ECAN PC7 The Canterbury Land and Water Plan now recognises the importance of commercial vegetable growing and provides a workable consent pathway. We thank growers and processors who submitted and presented alongside PNZ.
We have updated our Regulation page with relevant key points from the recent vote on PC7 changes.
PNZ 2021 in summary, read our end of year article here.
SVS latest update can be read here.
ALMAC celebrated 80 years this year, read their story here.
2021 PNZ Annual Report can be downloaded here or found on our website here.
Save the dates!!! Keep up-to-date with all industry events via our events page here. Many events may move to online at short notice depending on pandemic response.
Pukekohe Grower Insight Meeting TBC February 2022.
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.
Sustainable Vegetable Systems project read all the articles so far. Project reports can be found here.
CPLI Canterbury Psyllid Initiative read the news and info on this project which will benefit the whole industry. This includes the 2021 Canterbury CPLI Degree Days.
Exploring spongospora suppressive soils in potato production read the February 2021 report upon completion of PNZ-26.
Future Proofing Vegetable Production project completion, read the final report here.
Pepino Mosaic Virus The Biosecurity Fact Sheet on PepMV can be read here and a notice is on our website.
Work continues to determine the source of the disease and how widespread the virus is in New Zealand. For further potato information please contact Vnva.Xvexjbbq@cbgngbrfam.pb.am
Tomato Red Spider Mite This pest was discovered in June 2020. If you think you have found a tomato red spider mite infestation, please call the Biosecurity New Zealand pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66. More info can be found under our Biosecurity Updates in the notices from 2020.
NZ Seed Potato Certification News
PNZ welcome Cyril Hickman to the team. Cyril starts on 1st December and his new phone will be 027 276 6664.
We have updated the Approved Tissue Culture & Mini-Tuber Facilities list.
The annual NZSPCA newsletter is on our website here. 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
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
We know growers are resilient and resourceful, however if needed please reach out for support.
PNZ 0800 399 674
Rural Support 0800 787 254
The PNZ team are here to help you
CEO Chris ClaridgeTechnical Manager Dr. Iain Kirkwood
Communications & Engagement Officer Gemma Carroll
Administration & Finance Officer Nicola Loach
PNZ Agronomist Paula Lleras
PNZ Social Media Links
Over 10,000 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.
Instagram – Potatoes_NZ
Facebook – Potatoes NZ
Facebook – The Chip Group
Twitter – Potatoes NZ
Linkedin – Potatoes NZ IncT
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