New Zealand farmers will gain faster access to innovative new pastures thanks to new clearance procedures announced this week by the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Plant breeders have welcomed the move, which they say will make it much easier to tap into the country’s biggest collection of pasture genetics, the Margot Forde Germplasm Centre at Palmerston North.
Comprising tens of thousands of seed samples, the centre holds more than 2000 different species of forage grasses, herbs and legumes from throughout the world. . .
Move planned to end China meat hold-ups – Alan Williams:
Clear protocols will be put in place and communication improved to try to stop a repeat of two regulatory incidents that have held up New Zealand meat on Chinese wharves, Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye says.
The Government was putting systems in place to make sure this country could react nimbly and quickly to problems holding up food exports into complex markets, she said.
NZ was exporting large and increasing amounts of food into markets that operated differently to ours and there would never be a system where things couldn’t go wrong, she said. . . .
Game-changing company ready for kiwi blood – Stephen Bell:
American blood serum processing giant Proliant Health and Biologicals’ $24 million Feilding plant will attract a procession of the world’s top firms to New Zealand and will have access to some of the world’s biggest markets that won’t accept products from the United States.
Proliant president and chief executive Stephen Welch and chief operating officer Randal Fitzgerald told a public meeting at the Feilding Rotary Club the firm had bought 4ha in the town to allow for expansion.
It already had Government permission to import bovine blood from Australia to meet expected growth in demand, though NZ could supply more than enough blood for double the initial 6000 m2 plant it was opening, they said. . . .
One of New Zealand’s horticultural heavyweights has set its long-term sights on growing the industry into a multibillion-dollar business.
United Fresh New Zealand Incorporated is celebrating 22 years in the industry. It is now the country’s only pan-produce organisation – with 84 members from across the fresh produce value chain.
United Fresh president, David Smith, says horticulture, which is currently a $3.5 billion industry, is an important export earner for the country. And turning it into a $10 billion industry by 2020 needs vision, co-operation and collaboration.” . . .
Latest honey bee research – Raymond Huber:
- Beebuzz: Flowers have small electric fields that bees can detect and use to distinguish the flowers with the best nectar.
- Beespresso: Several types of flower have traces of caffeine in their nectar which bees are more attracted to than flowers without. . .
Boutique winery Stonecroft has purchased a new vineyard in the renowned Gimblet Gravels Growing District in Hawke’s Bay.
The acquisition of this vineyard compliments Stonecroft’s existing holdings in the region. It is conveniently located between Stonecroft’s other two vineyards, on the corner of Mere Road and State Highway 50. The vineyard was previously owned by the Mills Reef Trust. . .