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Long bean imports to NZ reinstated

December 5, 2015 12:56 am

The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (NZMPI) has reinstated Fijian long bean imports to New Zealand.

Imports had been suspended on October 21 this year 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.

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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.

He adds BAF is committed to facilitating exports and maintaining Fijian export markets overseas.

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