New residue compliance information booklet
A TomatoesNZ “New Zealand residue compliance information for fresh greenhouse tomatoes 2019/20” booklet was posted to members in late October. This replaces last year’s edition of the same booklet. This year we have also included a poster, summarising key information from the booklet. The booklet has added information on Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) controls for individual trade named products that the poster does not contain.
We recommend that growers dispose of last year’s booklet and any old posters from previous years, as some of that information is now out of date.
The booklet, poster and a spreadsheet (MS Excel) version are also available electronically to members. Please get in touch if you would like the files, or more copies of the booklet or poster.
We would love to hear from you with any feedback or suggestions for the future format or content of the booklet so we can continue to improve on the information that we are providing.
The TomatoesNZ board had their most recent board meeting on the 29th October in Wellington. During this meeting the board welcomed Mike Saklani, elected grower member from Papakura, who joined the board at our recent AGM, and Pierre Gargiulo, General Manager of JS Ewers in Nelson, co-opted member. Pierre replaces Michael Breitmeyer, from MG Marketing who was on the board for one and a half years. The board has enjoyed working with Michael, who has provided tremendous input into discussions and strategy, not to mention helping in other areas such as driving minivans on board visits. We look forward to the new perspectives Mike and Pierre bring to discussions, and thank Michael for his commitment and humour.
Some of the topics the board talked about during the October meeting were:
(1) Biosecurity, including the Auckland fruitfly response, levy implementation, and GIA updates.
(2) Nutrient discharge/fresh water proposals from government.
(3) Social practice and farm environmental plans with NZGAP.
(4) Updates on research including work on biocontrol agents and automation.
(5) Agrichemical benchmarking.
(6) Energy saving and conversion support for industry with EECA.
(7) Health and safety for covered crops.
We’ll keep you updated on these areas as they develop.
During October two board members, Stefan Vogrincic and Mike Saklani, along with Business Manager Karen Orr, attended a board governance training day. This was run by the Institute of Directors and provided an overview of good governance including board responsibilities and best practice focusing on rural sector boards. Representatives from other product group boards also attended the training with all attendee’s finding useful areas of advice to apply in their board roles.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug reminder
The “risk season” for BMSB incursions is upon us. There is considerable effort by MPI and industry partners, including Tomatoes NZ, to prevent this pest arriving in New Zealand and preparing to eradicate it if it does arrive.
However, because there is no “lure” for BMSB (like there is for fruit fly), there is no nationwide surveillance programme, so it is very important for the general public, and especially growers, to keep an eye out for this pest and report anything they think could be BMSB. Call MPI on 0800 80 99 66 to report anything you find.