Thursday, May 19, 2022

$42.9m to bolster biosecurity

The Government has announced funding of $42.9 million to bolster New Zealand’s biosecurity system as part of Budget 2022 and $68m over the next year for M bovis eradication.

The Government has announced funding of $42.9 million to bolster New Zealand’s biosecurity system as part of Budget 2022 and $68m over the next year for M bovis eradication.

“New Zealand’s flora, fauna and livestock are the foundations of our primary sector, economy, rural communities and our economic security,” Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said.

“The world is reopening from the pandemic. With increased travel alongside a warming climate we face challenges from pests and diseases, which requires further investments to strengthen our biosecurity system.

“New Zealand’s primary sector revenue has continued to grow with a record $50.8 billion forecast for the year ending June 2022 and it is vital that farmers’ and growers’ work is protected by a strong biosecurity system.

“New Zealand has a world-class biosecurity system, but we need to ensure we can meet the challenges presented by increased cargo freight and from pests like the brown marmorated stink bug.”

He said it was always best to avoid the costs of incursions and it’s important all New Zealanders, not just farmers and growers, see biosecurity as important.

“I encourage them to report concerns via our pest hotline on 0800 80 99 66, or via our recently launched website at report.mpi.govt.nz/pest,” he said.

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