Approval will accelerate importation of new plant varieties for New Zealand Horticulture Growers
Whakatane, New Zealand – July 2019 Rubicon announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, ArborGen Inc (“ArborGen”), had received approval from the Ministry of Primary industries (“MPI”) to operate its post-entry quarantine greenhouse facility in Te Teko, New Zealand at Level 3A. This is the first privately-owned facility in the country to receive this level of accreditation. Receipt of the approval will expand ArborGen’s ability to expand its business with the New Zealand horticultural industry to import new, high performing plant varieties into the country.
ArborGen Australasia General Manager Greg Mann said, “A lack of quarantine capacity has been a major barrier for New Zealand fruit companies seeking to import and commercialise new genetics and innovative plant varieties. This newly approved Level 3A quarantine greenhouse capacity will complement our existing Level 3A PEQ Tissue Culture laboratory and assist in achieving New Zealand’s goal for increasing horticultural exports.”
Quarantine is the process of inspection, testing, and surveillance of new plant material as it crosses the border into New Zealand. Material is securely held and tested for up to 18 months before receiving approval to be released to commercial growers. This approval was received after a comprehensive review by MPI of ArborGen’s greenhouse facility, personnel, and operating procedures.
ArborGen is the world’s largest producer and seller of improved genetics planting material for forest owners, growing more than 400 million seedlings in the south-eastern United States, Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia. The company owns six nurseries in Australasia.
Mr. Mann said, “Forestry is our core business, but we can use the assets and plant-growing skills we have to grow a range of high-value horticultural species such as hops, blueberries and strawberries. We have been working with horticultural companies for some time to the extent regulations have allowed, but this new Level 3A quarantine accreditation from MPI now means that we can offer New Zealand importers a one-stop shop, doing everything from providing quarantine services, true to type testing, maintaining parental stock and ultimately, producing plants for growers, all on one secure site.”
Fri, 21 Jun 2019
The National Business Review
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