NZPPI joined other GERMAC members, several private importers and MPI late in November to discuss issues relating to Level 3B PEQ glasshouse capacity in New Zealand. Importers are facing long delays while waiting for limited quarantine space, hampering innovation and competitiveness in the horticultural industry.
Uncertainty about demand trends and changes to the regulatory environment in response to emerging risks, alongside high capital costs make investment in quarantine facilities difficult. However, the benefits to germplasm importation were clearly and readily identified and provided purpose to solve this longer-term issue of confidence, and develop short term solutions to alleviate some of the constraints. The latter will feature on GERMAC's February 2017 agenda.