Plant Germplasm Import Council
The Plant Germplasm Import Council (PGIC) is a forum bringing together plant importers, industry representatives, and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). Find out how PGIC is helping to improve the import system for plant germplasm, which includes seeds and plants for planting.
PGIC's role in importing plant germplasm
The Plant Germplasm Import Council (PGIC) was set up in 2020. PGIC facilitates open communication between plant importers, industry representatives, and MPI.
It's working to:
- make improvements to the import process
- develop a jointly owned import strategy.
The terms of reference has more details about the council's work.
Plant Germplasm Import Council terms of reference [PDF, 217 KB]
Plant germplasm imports will help our economic recovery
The Government has a roadmap for the food and fibres sector. It's called "Fit for a Better World". It puts the primary sector at the front of our post-COVID-19 economic recovery.
Accessing new plant germplasm:
- is central to our export-led recovery
- will continue to grow and support New Zealand's primary sector.
Members of the PGIC
The council has 10 industry members (one position is to be confirmed as of November 2021):
- Thomas Chin
- Matthew Dolan
- Ed Massey
- Nicola Robertson
- Morgan Rogers
- Brad Siebert
- Bruno Simpson
- Leanne Stewart
- Andy Warren
Two MPI staff are on the council:
- Veronica Herrera
- Peter Thomson
The independent chair is Murray Sherwin.
Find out about the council members [PDF, 908 KB]
PGIC board meeting – 22 November 2021 [PDF, 153 KB]
PGIC board meeting – 6 September 2021 [PDF, 183 KB]
PGIC board meeting – 28 June 2021 [PDF, 119 KB]
PGIC board meeting – 12 April 2021 [PDF, 169 KB]
PGIC board meeting – 12 February 2021 [PDF, 124 KB]
Who to contact
If you have suggestions on improving our plant germplasm import process, questions about plant germplasm imports or PGIC, email firstname.lastname@example.org