A major week-long agriculture event planned for Manawatu this month has been postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement, the Central Economic Development Agency, which organises the event, said it had taken the difficult decision in light of recent developments.
"CEDA have been working around the clock to review the rapidly changing scene, considering the guidelines and advice from the Ministry of Health and our DHB. With attendees coming from across New Zealand and the globe, the decision to postpone the week was made to protect the wellbeing of all involved and our communities," said CEDA's CEO Linda Stewart.
Naming sponsor ASB said it was fully supportive of the decision.
"We know AgriFood Week is a highlight in the rural calendar, however the safety and wellbeing of those attending is our top priority, and in light of the current situation we believe this decision is the correct one, said ASB executive general manager of business banking Tim Deane.
"We look forward to celebrating AgriFood Week at a later date with our customers and the wider rural community," he said.
Ticket holders to the headline events Perspective 2025, and Our Food Our Future would be notified of the proposed new dates as soon as possible.
Ticket holders were advised to check their emails for the latest information regarding the postponement.
Meanwhile there had been no word on whether another major agriculture event, the Central Districts Field Days were to go ahead.
The event is scheduled to start on Thursday in Manawatu.