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NZQA Biosecurity Micro-credential programme roll out

The Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO), together with horticulture industry, has developed a biosecurity micro-credential (a short, focused piece of learning) to enhance industry biosecurity capability. The micro-credential covers biosecurity principles, on-farm practices, and an assessment component, and has been developed under the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) framework, targeting grower owner-operators and supervisors/managers (NZQA Level 5).  It is designed to

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GAP certification for Food Act deadline this Friday

MPI’s deadline to register for the Food Act is 28 February, 2019. If you are NOT registered for Food Act by this date, but are still trading, your business will be operating illegally. Both NZGAP and GLOBALG.A.P. offer a pathway for growers that fit under National Programme 1 to be Food Act registered and audited through the existing certification programme. To ensure

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Horticulture industry training and undergraduate scholarships available

Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ) has a number of $500 scholarships available to industry trainees active in the horticulture industry, who are studying towards a certificate or diploma. Applications are reviewed by a panel in April, with the selection decisions advised in May. There are also a number of scholarships available for undergraduate students studying towards a degree in areas of interest

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NZPPS Research Scholarship

Applications are now open for the New Zealand Plant Protection Society (NZPPS) Research Scholarship which encourages research on topics relating to control of pests, pathogens, or weeds in primary production, or the natural or human environments. More information can be found on their website, and all applications can be emailed to the *protected email* by 1 October 2018.

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Hort NZ signs up to the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy

Today, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman and Kingi Smiler, Chairman of the Ahuwhenua Management Committee, signed an agreement that will see a horticulture Ahuwhenua Trophy in 2020. Each year the awards recognise a farming sector and horticulture will be on a third year rotation, after dairy (2018) and sheep and beef (2019). Read the full story here.

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