PMAC weekly update 10th July

PMAC weekly update 3rd July to 10th July

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1.Government agencies: ICPR Updates; MPI visits Zespri’s kiwifruit pack house; New requirements for Petunia seed and nursery stock; New requirements protect New Zealand’s million dollar carrot seed industry; WTO Notifications; Customs agreement signed with EU

2.New Zealand News: Innovation and investment drives food industry growth; McClay announces FTA negotiations with Pacific Alliance; ExportNZ says all political parties should be supporting international trade; NZ-Pacific Alliance – Game On, says Business Forum; Sector set for sonic boom; Zespri welcomes NZ free trade negotiations with the Pacific; Internet of things tech could grant huge advantages to NZ agriculture; 1 million boxes of Dazzle apples by 2028; Are supermarkets charging too much; Dole aids restoration of NZ's ‘secret’ island after weather damage; Kiwis encouraged to check certification logos on organic products; European Commission removes trade barriers for agri-food sector

3.International news: US: Agro-terrorism bill becomes law; European Commission removes trade barriers for agri-food sector; EU and Japan agree trade deal; High fines for Hong Kong pesticide violations; EU industry welcomes end of patents on natural plant properties; The longest railway in the world; Maersk says it's too early to predict costs of cyber attack; AU potato crops threatened by new bacteria; Simplot seeks to sell GM potato products in New Zealand and Australia; Global Gap expands consumer portal with flower, ornamental plants; Eating fruit and vegetables could help reduce stress; Koreans develop weather modification facility for crop research; Soaring global demand for horticultural graduates