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NZ Reinstates Imports Of Fijian Long Bean

The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (NZMPI) has reinstated Fijian long bean imports to New Zealand.  New Zealand had suspended the importation of Fijian long bean on October 21
06 Dec 2015 10:32
NZ Reinstates Imports Of Fijian Long Bean

The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (NZMPI) has reinstated Fijian long bean imports to New Zealand.  New Zealand had suspended the importation of Fijian long bean on October 21 after the live insect pest Thrips palmi was intercepted in three export consignments from Fiji in August, September and October.

NZMPI’s decision to reinstate Fijian long bean exports followed the satisfactory audit conducted in November by NZMPI in collaboration with BAF.

The audit was carried out by NZMPI to assess the measures implemented to adequately mitigate the presence of Thrips palmi in the suspended long bean (Phaselous spp.) pathway.

In a letter to Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF), NZMPI expressed its appreciation for the collaborative efforts of BAF and other agencies in improving the Fijian long bean export pathway.

BAF executive chairman, Riyaz Khan, welcomed NZMPI’s decision to reinstate the imports of Fijian long bean, as New Zealand is one of the product’s major markets.

“BAF proactively collaborated with other authorities, exporters and farmers,” he said.

“BAF implemented additional measures at farm level to improve field hygiene in order to expedite reinstatement of the long bean exports pathway to New Zealand.”

Mr Khan went on to say that BAF had temporarily held the exports of Okra and Amaranthus (choraiya) as a precautionary measure to New Zealand after Thrips palmi was intercepted on long beans.

BAF also promptly carried out an internal audit headed by BAF entomologists, plant pathologists and operations teams of the farms and pack houses.

“We further collaborated with exporters and Ministry of Agriculture’s Extension and Research Divisions to put in additional measures to eliminate interception of Thrips palmi at all stages (eggs, larvae, pupa and adult) in host commodities,” said Mr Khan.

 

Remedial measures

BAF took a number of other remedial measures, including verifying all farms with export produce to New Zealand for all Thrips palmi host commodities.

Also measures includes improving field hygiene, requiring precise documentation, continuing with 100 per cent inspections at farms and export pack houses.

Additionally, it also includes facilitating, with assistance from the Ministry of Agriculture and Exporters and an external audit by NZMPI for all farms and pack houses.

Also there will be further training for Ministry of Agriculture extension officers involved in BQA and Non-BQA pathways.

Mr Khan said that BAF is seriously committed to facilitating exports and maintaining Fijian export markets overseas.

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