1. Government agencies: ICPR Changes; MPI seeks feedback on a new organic regime; Finalists named in Good Employer Awards; Beware Velvetleaf – and the dog sniffing it out; MFAT’s Global Trade and Economic Update for NZ Businesses - 18 March 2021
2. New Zealand News: Wellbeing support package unveiled for horticulture sector; Automation a mixed blessing for fruit sector; Produce industry launches UN initiative in New Zealand; First shipment of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit crop sets sail for Japan and Korea; Summerfruit NZ board welcomes appointment of new Chief Executive; New Zealand’s problem with cheap tomatoes; Major New Zealand citrus grower signs on for Spectre; New Zealand horticulture exports struggle with shipping issues; Apple exports slump due to lack of pickers; Queensland melons back on New Zealand’s menu; Urban organic indoor farmer; Organic Growers open their farm in Canterbury;
3. International news: GAIN reports; NSW to lift GM crop moratorium; Report "prohibition on patenting conventional breeding" is being circumvented in Germany; Fruit Logistica Special Edition 2021 cancelled; SpeakUp4FruitVeg gains momentum; New Zealand special Asiafruit March out now; Zespri and Pagoda Announce Red Kiwifruit’s China Launch in Mid-April; A New High for Chinese Consumer Blueberry Awareness Amid ASOEX Campaign; Supermarket giant says Australians have a desire for locally grown produce; Singapore high-tech farms seek to export not just produce but their technology too; "6 Case studies to grow your business"; Shipping industry changes tack after container crisis; Antwerp saw reefer increase in 2020; Drones will be mainstream delivery option by 2040; Hapag-Lloyd publishes annual report and confirms significant earnings growth for 2020; Study boosts link between diet and depression; Fruit and vegetable film designed to detect pesticide residues; Citral, a promising natural preservative for postharvest quality extension in kiwifruit; Plant your used disposable face mask and it’ll sprout flowers; Are CRISPR plants GMOs?"