PMAC Weekly update 20th March

PMAC weekly update 13th March to 20th March

Full update available here

1) Government agencies: Fruit Fly OAP and Guidance, Exporter Advice service; ICPR Changes, WTO Notifications; Advice required on Customs updated web site

2) New Zealand News:  $590,000 for new smart irrigation projects; $1.2m to combat agricultural and horticultural diseases; Government invests in women in primary sector; Prospects for NZ/Pacific Alliance FTA gather pace; Joint Statement by TPP Partners; Export NZ Newsletter and Survey; Bay of Plenty investors take control of Rockit apple company; First new season KORU® brand apples head for US; Zespri to feature on Greenery trucks; T&G sells flower business as it shifts focus to fruit sales; Seeka makes headway in Australia; New Zealand-Argentina agricultural agreement signed; CropLogic prepares for ASX listing; Growing apple industry in Central Otago's boosting the economy; NZ farmers makes it through downpour nearly unscathed; Carrot prices hit all time high in New Zealand; We are looking forward to more good volumes of kiwifruit; NZ research shows huge potential for mesh covered potato crops; Median price for NZ horticulture farms rises by 6%; Dr David Steven awarded Hayward Medal for environmental contribution; PMA-Produce Plus Marketer of the Year Entries closing.

3) International news: GAIN reports; Simpler rules and more support for fruit and veg producers in Europe; EU strengthens controls along the agri-food chain; US: Patent filed for honeybee delivery system; Glyphosate not classified as a carcinogen by ECHA; Marketing examples from Europe; Intercropping replaces monoculture for sustainable agriculture; Organic farming is not always beneficial; Florists need to innovate to compete with e-commerce; Unpeeled fruit & vegetables are better for your health; Berries and leafy veg: top heart health foods; Fruit and vegetables may lower middle age stress; Blueberry extract may help reduce "baby blues"; Carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming"; iPad app lets plant specialists assess disease severity.