Fresh Appeal eyes the skies for fruity snacks

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 10 (BusinessDesk) – Fresh Appeal, a privately owned company which is commercialising technology to preserve cut fruit, is expanding into airline catering in the expectation it will provide a substantial new source of revenue. Read more »

Sex drive may be moth’s downfall, trial backers hope

Press Release – Northland Regional Council

A scented bread-tie like device which spurs male moths to hunt a non-existent female mate until they literally die from exhaustion is being trialled in Whangarei in a joint bid to better protect backyard fruit and nuts from guava moth infestation. Read more »

Kiwifruit Claim Seeking Questions From Growers

Press Release – The Kiwifruit Claim

The Kiwifruit Claim is seeking questions from growers and says it will answer them all within two working days. Read more »

NZ horticultural science helps Kenyan avocado farmers

Press Release – Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research has recently completed the first year of a 5-year project, funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, working with small scale avocado growers in Kenya alongside New Zealand company, Olivado. Read more »

Farmer interviews a key part of swedes study

Press Release – DairyNZ

DairyNZ will be starting a programme of farmer interviews in Southland next week in an effort to build a detailed picture of what has caused the issue with cows dying and becoming ill from eating swedes in the region this season. Read more »

Kenyan farmers benefit from aid programme and Kiwi know-how

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 9 (BusinessDesk) – Twelve hundred smallholder avocado farmers in the central highlands of Kenya are benefiting from a five-year aid project involving Plant & Food Research and edible oils company Olivado. Read more »

Mental health pressures on rural communities intensifying

Press Release – Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand

Members of the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHNZ) have identified mental health and wellbeing outcomes as one of the major disparities between people in rural and urban communities. Read more »

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis – update 9/10/14

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

There is a total of 124 confirmed cases and 18 presumptive (suspected but yet to confirmed) nationwide. A total of 38 people have been hospitalised. Read more »

Rook Control Starting Later Than Usual

Press Release – Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Hawkes Bay Regional Councils strategic rook control programme gets underway this month. This year the control work is starting later than usual as rooks have been nesting later this season. Rook control would normally be well underway across … Read more »

Pea growing yields boosted by industry breeding partnership

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 8 (BusinessDesk) – We all know the saying as alike as two peas in a pod but it would appear the pods themselves can be markedly different. Read more »

Lake Hawea Station accident did not involve quad bikes

Press Release – Federated Farmers

While there was an accident involving motorcycles on Lake Hawea Station over the weekend, Federated Farmers confirms this did not involve quad bikes. Read more »

Produce Executive Program turns over a new leaf

Press Release – Produce Marketing Association

Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand and Institute of Food and Grocery management announce ‘PMA A-NZ Produce Executive Program’ Read more »

Beauty Queen Top of the Picks

Press Release – Passionberry farms

Miss International New Zealand beauty queen proves her role is not all glitz and glamour by getting muddy during the first pick of new season strawberries at Passionberry farms before she jets off to compete at the international competition later this … Read more »

MPI investigating source of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been notified by Environmental Science and Research of a cluster of human illnesses linked to the bacteria Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. Read more »

Health and Safety top priority for Association President

Press Release – Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association

Richard Parkes, Canterbury A&P Association President and Partner at Christchurch law firm Cavell Leitch, is urging farmers to continue to assess and improve their health and safety practices and is leading by example by implementing new initiatives … Read more »

New Zealand Avocados on Show Across Asia This Month

Press Release – Avacado Industry Association

TAURANGA, Tuesday 7 October 2014: New Zealands biggest ever avocado season is now underway and the industry is staging three significant events across Asia this month. Read more »

New Zealand’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards

Press Release – Olives New Zealand

Winners in New Zealands most prestigious competition for olive oil were announced last night at a formal dinner at Parliament, Wellington. Read more »

The Kiwifruit Claim – Grower Division

Press Release – Independent Kiwifruit Growers Association

IKGA has noted with some concern the position taken by Zespri Chairman Peter McBride and certain sections of the post harvest industry quick to leap to his support as well as NZKGI in various statements this week. IKGA has the following to say about … Read more »

Kiwifruit grower Seeka joins Psa class action against MPI

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 6 (BusinessDesk) – Seeka Kiwifruit Industries, the country’s biggest kiwifruit grower, will join the $885 million class action against the Ministry for Primary Industries over the 2010 outbreak of Psa-V vine disease, seeking compensation for … Read more »

NBR claims about Federated Farmers

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers wishes to place on record a correction to claims which have recently appeared in the National Business Review (NBR). Read more »

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