The Ministry for Primary Industries has set up a register for safe practice in the sector as New Zealand moves to National Alert Level Four in response to COVID-19.
 
The register requires safety assurances from operators that their processes protect workers and the public by limiting interactions between staff and reducing the potential spread of COVID-19.  
 
Businesses should be registered by 5:00pm on Friday 27 March 2020.
 
If you’re a primary sector essential business and you meet the criteria, register at https://www.mpi.govt.nz/covid-19-essential-primary-sector-service-registration/(external link).
 
Reminder primary industries essential services are defined as:
 
Primary industries, including food and beverage production and processing
Lead agency: Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Any entity involved in the packaging, production and processing of food and beverage products, whether for domestic consumption or export
  • Any entity involved in relevant support services, such as food safety and verification, inspection or associated laboratory services, food safety and biosecurity functions
  • Any entity providing veterinary services
  • Any entity whose closure would jeopardise the maintenance of animal health or welfare standards (including the short-term survival of a species)
 
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) now needs assurances from industries and businesses that their processes protect workers and the public by limiting interactions and reducing the potential spread of COVID-19.
 
Primary sector businesses may contact MPI at 0800 00 83 33 or info@mpi.govt.nz(external link) for further details on registering or the registration process.