18 Feb 2020

Pea weevil declared eradicated

From Morning Report, 7:55 am on 18 February 2020

The pea weevil has been declared to be eradicated from New Zealand, four years after it was first discovered in the Wairarapa.

The weevil feeds on and destroys fresh peas, and the eradication effort included a four-year ban on the growing of peas and the use of pea straw in the area.

Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor speaks to Susie Ferguson.