The Ministry for Primary Industries have enlisted Ruud Kleinpaste, the 'Bug Man', to raise awareness about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.
Earlier this year, Horticulture New Zealand and other primary industry organisations made submissions on a Bill designed to make registration of chemicals more straightforward, without any reduction in the check and balances.
The Government is set to restructure the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), creating separate Ministries of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry, with horticulture coming under the umbrella of Agriculture. Biosecurity and Food Safety are also tagged as separate portfolios.
Horticulture New Zealand President Julian Raine says the industry is encouraged to hear Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor say he won’t let the brown marmorated stink bug anywhere near New Zealand.
Providing earlier warning of biosecurity risks by establishing a biosecurity intelligence team within government is a good idea, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.
This week the Ministry for Primary Industries released its growth predictions. Modest growth is predicted for horticulture (including wine), with kiwifruit and apples predicted to be growth leaders. This comes after two years of exceptional growth: 10% in 2015, and 19.5% in 2016.