Christmas 2019 update
We have a few things happening which we would like to share with you;
- The Biosecurity Levy on Fresh Tomatoes commences February
- Covered Crop Research and Information Workshop – Christchurch and Auckland – save the date
- Growers’ study tour to the Netherlands – expressions of interest
- Best practice guidance to minimise soil movement by vehicles (for outdoor growers)
More details on each below.
1. Biosecurity Levy on Fresh Tomatoes commences February
The Fresh Tomato Biosecurity Readiness and response Levy has been approved by cabinet and will commence 3rd February 2020.
What this means for growers is that from the 3rd February the biosecurity levy will start being collected at the first point of sale on fresh tomatoes at 0.10% (10 cents per $100) by collection agents. The levy will be added as a new line on your current commodity levy invoice. Direct levy payers (who pay directly to TomatoesNZ rather than through a collection agent) will pay the biosecurity levy alongside their current commodity levy payment. More information is available by clicking here.
The biosecurity levy will initially be used to pay TomatoesNZ’s contribution to this year’s fruit fly responses.
2. Covered Crop Research and Information Workshop – Christchurch and Auckland – save the date
Following the success of workshops held earlier this year, TomatoesNZ is arranging a follow-up in the New Year to share and discuss the latest research and information on pest management using biocontrols; farm environment plans; biosecurity; an update on Vegetables Research and Innovation (VR&I) projects, and Helen Barnes will present highlights from a recent trip to greenhouse specialists in the Netherlands.
The workshops will be held in two locations:
- Lincoln, Christchurch – 18th February 2020, 9am-12pm followed by a light lunch
- Pukekohe, Auckland – 3rd March 2020, 9am-12pm followed by a light lunch
Further details will be published early next year, but please save the date in your diaries.
3. Growers’ study tour to the Netherlands – Expressions of interest
Dutch Greenhouse Horticultural consultant Andrea Disco is calling for expressions of interest from New Zealand greenhouse growers for a study tour to the Netherlands in 2020. Information about this trip is viewed in this flyer and Andrea can be contacted for further information on info@HortiServices.nl.
Andrea is based in the Netherlands and co-ordinated Helen Barnes’ recent itinerary of visits there. Andrea is also familiar with the New Zealand greenhouse industry.
4. Best practice guidance to minimise soil movement by vehicles
The VR&I Board have recently released a Code of Practice (CoP) to minimise soil movement by vehicles off farm. This CoP is mainly targeted at outdoor growers, and covers farm vehicle cleaning, vehicle washpad design, and accessway construction.
The Washdown CoP and a separate supporting document can be downloaded from the VR&I website, found under ‘Featured Research’ or searchable via the search tab using ‘minimising soil’ as the search term.
Finally, we would like to wish you all the best for Christmas and a prosperous New Year. The TomatoesNZ office will be closed from 12:00pm 20th December and reopen on 6th January. If you need to contact us urgently please call our mobiles and leave a detailed message.
Merry Christmas, Helen & Karen