24 Jul 2012

Growers to canvass biosecurity bungles

6:30 am on 24 July 2012

Grower concern over biosecurity lapses in this country is a focus of Horticulture New Zealand's annual conference opening in Auckland on Tuesday.

Hort NZ president Andrew Fenton says biosecurity is foremost on the minds of growers worried about their livelihoods.

He says there has been a litany of issues over the last few years, including the potato and tomato psyllid in 2006, the PSA vine canker in kiwifruit and more recently the finding of a Queensland fruit fly in Auckland.

Mr Fenton says the issues have raised awareness of the inadequacies in biosecurity protection.

On wider matters, the conference is focusing on what growers can expect in the next few years.