The pipfruit industry has become the third to join the Government’s biosecurity partnership.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says Pipfruit New Zealand has signed the deed of the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response today.
The apple industry has now joined the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity.
“This means that apple and pear growers and the Ministry for Primary Industries can work closely together and make joint decisions on readiness and response to manage mutual high priority biosecurity pests.”
The signing follows that earlier in the year by Kiwifruit Vine Health and New Zealand Pork.
“The apple and pear sector knows the importance of biosecurity and have shown leadership in wanting to develop a partnership with the government. They have recognised the benefits of sitting around the table with MPI and how this can deliver better outcomes.
“Pipfruit New Zealand has already worked with MPI on readiness and response to pests, and has helped with developing an operational agreement for any possible fruit fly incursion.
“I’m delighted that the skills, knowledge and expertise they bring can be better harnessed.
“Biosecurity is my number one priority as Minister and this is another important step in strengthening our borders. I’m looking forward to seeing more industries sign up in the future,” says Nathan.