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Machines At Work Secures Investment To Develop Transformative Automation Solutions For Horticulture

Press Release – Machines At Work

Auckland, New Zealand 23 November 2021 Machines at Work Limited (Machines at Work) announced today it has raised its first external investment with the Sievwright Investment Entity. The funds will be used to accelerate development of the companys … Read more »

Views Sought On Application To Introduce New Fungicide, Xivana

Press Release – Environmental Protection Authority

Public submissions are now open on an application to import a new fungicide, to control downy mildew in onions and late blight in tomatoes and potatoes. Xivana contains the active ingredient fluoxapiprolin. Alongside the European Union, New Zealands … Read more »

MPI Backs Project To Establish Internationally Competitive Hemp Seed Processing Plant

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

A new project backed by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) aims to establish a hemp seed processing plant in New Zealand that could be a gamechanger for the local hemp industry. MPI is contributing more than $245,000 to Hemp Connects two-year … Read more »

Third Thyme’s A Charm For Wellington’s Hidden Gardens

Press Release – Wellington City Council

Everythings coming up roses for Wellington City Councils apprentice gardeners as the Hidden Gardens Project kicks-off across the city this week. <img src=”” width=”720″ height=”496″> In its third year, the Hidden … Read more »

HortNZ Scholarship Applications Open To Support Next-gen Growers

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

Students considering a career in New Zealands growing horticulture industry are encouraged to apply for Horticulture New Zealands scholarships. Applications for HortNZs annual undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships are open until 10 December … Read more »

CropX And IrrigationNZ Joining Forces On Irrigation Efficiency App ‘The Bucket Test’

Press Release – CropX

Global farm-management company CropX has a bold vision to ensure New Zealand farmers have access to better farming data that can help them improve their efficiency. After recently being included in the World Economic Forums 100 most promising Technology … Read more »

Watering The Crops, Not The Cars

Press Release – New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency reminds farmers to ensure irrigation machines are not spraying across the highway as the summer season gets underway in Canterbury. As well as being wasteful of water, it can create a slippery surface on a warm, sunny … Read more »

‘Residency’ Edges Closer For Shortlist Of New Organisms

Press Release – Environmental Protection Authority

A tomato plant virus is among seven organisms in line for deregulation, having recently established themselves in Aotearoa New Zealand. Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) sought feedback on which new organisms should no longer … Read more »

Significant Times For New Zealand Plant Breeding

Press Release – NZ Plant Breeding and Research Association – NZBRA

For plant breeders the next couple of months will mark two significant achievements. November (8th) celebrates the 40th anniversary of NZs accession to the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) Convention. Moreover, … Read more »

Hazard Classification Update Underway For Two Fungicides

Press Release – Environmental Protection Authority

A proposal to update the hazard classification of two fungicides, in line with changes recently made in the European Union and Australia, is now open for public submissions. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has initiated an application for a modified … Read more »

Grape Fungicide Approved For Use

Press Release – Environmental Protection Authority

A new fungicide which controls bunch rot and powdery mildew in grapes has been approved for use in New Zealand, subject to conditions. Kenja contains the active ingredient isofetamid, which is new to New Zealand but already approved for use in Australia, … Read more »

NZ Apple Industry Appoints New Chief Executive

Press Release – New Zealand Apples and Pears

New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc. (NZAPI) today announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive, Terry Meikle. Mr Meikle joins NZAPI with an impressive track record of strategic management and international trade relations, having led NZ agriculture … Read more »

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