Plant Producers Biosecurity Scheme (PPBS) update
The PPBS is a biosecurity management scheme for the New Zealand nursery industry. It has been developed by MPI and the horticulture industry to improve plant hygiene practices in the sector.
The PPBS is for all nurseries across all sectors, big and small, not-for-profit and commercial.
The scheme applies to any type of nursery. That’s why the initial research part of the work took some time to complete. The sector is diverse and complex so bringing everyone on board and getting the foundations in place has been a significant task.
The draft standard has been written and is now ready to trial in nurseries. Pilot audits are intended in 10 nurseries. The pilot includes a general hygiene standard for all nurseries and species, plus add on modules for myrtle rust and kauri dieback.
Pilot nursery and biosecurity micro-credential workshops began in late February drawing 33 delegates from nurseries. The pilot and audit process were introduced.
Best practice workstream activity begins this month.
As we get closer to launch date in August, you will start to see more information about the scheme. This is a collaborative project driven by MPI and NZPPI. But it has been supported by the horticulture and forestry sectors.
We would like to thank everyone that has been involved, including those of you that attended the workshops, participated in the working group and provided feedback.