We have just received notice that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will be visiting packhouses and other horticultural operations across the country from tomorrow.
These are educational visits to help the horticulture industry understand its obligations as an essential service and help with compliance to stop the spread of COVID-19, which is the Government’s chief objective.
That said, MPI appreciates that the horticulture sector has responded positively to the Government’s requirements under Level 4.
MPI officials will visit singularly, may phone ahead and will be from various MPI services. They will keep a 2m distance, are aware of biosecurity issues and the visits will be short. They will be able to answer questions verbally and can email information too.
MPI has also undertaken to improve the registration process. Once the process has been improved, those that have registered will receive confirmation and a registration number via email.
To register, please go here: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/covid-19-essential-primary-sector-service-registration/
MPI is taking this approach to ensure that horticulture can continue to operate as an essential service and keep people safe, can plan ahead and operate with the future in mind, so our industry is able continue to supply domestic and export markets, now and over the coming months.