Tomatoes New Zealand have been working with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on a Sector Readiness Operational Agreement (OA) to be signed 21 December 2018.
Tuta absoluta and Pepino mosiac Virus (PepMV) were identified at a recent workshop as the two priority pests to include in the fresh tomato OA, with provision to add others.
Readiness activities will include developing readiness and response plans and technical tools (e.g. diagnostic and organism management tools) to use in a response, and this work will be cost-shared with MPI.
Climate change and emissions strategy working group to be developed:
Are you interested in participating in a working group on climate change and emissions in the covered crops sector?
TomatoesNZ plans to develop a strategy on energy emissions. We are seeking growers who are interested in assisting us to develop ideas for addressing rising Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) costs and climate change pressures on our sector.
Please get in touch with TomatoesNZ Business Manager Karen Orr Karen.Orr@hortnz.co.nz or 04 494 9984 if you want to put your name forward.
STOP PRESS: Luna Privilege now registered for greenhouse tomatoes!
After a two year process initiated by TomatoesNZ and VegetablesNZ and supported by Bayer, we are delighted that the botrytis preventative Luna Privilege (fluopyram) is now registered for use in greenhouse fruiting vegetables (except cucurbits).
The withholding period is 1 day, and a max of two applications per year is allowed.
We would like to thank Bayer for their considerable efforts in getting this registered for growers to use.
Source: Tomatoes NZ