Find information about COVID-19 and the primary sector.

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Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and primary industries

Find answers to the latest questions about working within Alert Levels 2, 3, and 4.

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Primary sector businesses, services, and support services

Advice for primary sector businesses, services and support services through the COVID-19 Alert Levels.

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Safe work practices for businesses and workers

Businesses need to take steps to ensure workers are protected during each of the COVID-19 Alert Levels.

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Advice for orchards and horticultural industries

Advice for horticulture businesses and orchards through the COVID-19 Alert Levels.

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Advice for farms and agriculture businesses

Advice for farming and other primary sector businesses and support services to operate safely.

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COVID-19 and food safety

Find out about New Zealand Food Safety's guidance for food handlers and businesses

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COVID-19 and animal welfare

Information about caring for pets and livestock during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 in the forestry industry

What you need to know about the forestry industry through COVID-19 Alert Levels

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Information for fishers during COVID-19

Commercial fishers and aquaculture farmers can continue operating through the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Exporting during the COVID-19 emergency

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is making some temporary changes to exporting processes and systems. These are to ensure we can best support your business during the COVID-19 response. Find out about the changes.

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Coronavirus and the effects on trade

MPI and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) are carefully monitoring how the novel coronavirus is affecting New Zealand primary industries and businesses.

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Support for the primary sectors during the COVID-19 response

We appreciate that COVID-19 and its associated restrictions are affecting those in the primary sector. Stress is a normal response to a situation like this. Help is out there.