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Applied Entrepreneurial Horticulture Programme delivered to youths in Savaii for 12 Weeks

The University of the South Pacific (USP-Samoa) and the Waikato Institute of Technology NZ (WINTEC) has completed a 12-week specialized training course for young farmers on horticulture and food safety practices, and the application of these skills in setting up a farm business. According to organizers, the training is in...

TF-Operator keeping a look out for stink bugs | comparing shield bugs of NZ to BMSB

The brown marmorated stink bug season is here. Over summer it is important to keep a look out for these pests (Haylomorpha halys), which are not present in New Zealand but are a real threat to a wide variety of plants and NZ’s horticulture industries. There are, however, species of...

New eLearning course: Spongy moth awareness

If you haven’t heard, the moth formerly known as “gypsy moth” has had a name change and is now known as spongy moth. To raise awareness of this moth and the damage its caterpillars could do if they were to establish in New Zealand, SPS has created a free, short...

Biosecurity New Zealand ramping up stink bug awareness

Biosecurity New Zealand is ramping up a public awareness campaign to encourage people to report possible sightings of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) – a major threat to Aotearoa New Zealand’s horticulture industry. Read more here: Stink bug campaign ramps up | NZ Government (mpi.govt.nz) To learn more about the brown...

Biosecurity Business Pledge - Governors and CEO guidance launched

The Biosecurity Business Pledge has released new resources for businesses to aid discussion in boardrooms and senior leadership tables around the significance of biosecurity in New Zealand. The Biosecurity Business Pledge is a partnership which aims to help all businesses across New Zealand to be proactive in their biosecurity practices. For...

So good to be back - Monitoring Visit to Samoa

After a long two and a half years, we were once again able to visit Savai’i, an island in Samoa, where for the last five years SPS Biota has been implemented Samoa Cocoa Improvement Export Programme, which has been playing a leading role in revitalising once famous Savai’i cocoa industry....

Surveillance September 2022 - Annual Report available now

Ministry for Primary Industries have released the newest edition of Surveillance. The September issue of Surveillance includes annual reports relating to Plant and Environment surveillance, some of which SPS Biota is a part of. Browse the newest issue here: Publications » SciQuest » Surveillance 

SPS Forestry Biosecurity Surveillance | SCION Visit & Field day

SPS staff involved in forestry pest and disease surveillance visited SCION last week in Rotorua. SCION staff gave us presentations on emerging and current insects and diseases in plantation forestry. We visited the pathology and entomology laboratories, of particular interest was that the team was able to look at exotic...

NEW See, Contain, Report Newsletter - August 2022

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have released a new edition of the See, Contain, Report Newsletter. The August 2022 Edition gives updates on various areas of the Transitional Facility Window including; Tips and reminders for Operators and APs New Contamination Charts Place of First Arrival Standard review TF/CF Infringement notices...