25 Mar 2011

New online farm information service to go live

12:52 pm on 25 March 2011

A new online farm information service that will improve the country's response time to a rural emergency will go live next month.

FarmsOnline has been developed by MAF Biosecurity. It pulls together rural property, land use and ownership information.

It is to ensure that up-to-date information on New Zealand farms is available if there is a serious biosecurity outbreak or natural disaster.

Design manager Clifton King says testing on the system has been completed and it is on track to be launched on 13 April.

He says security of the information held by the system has been a very important aspect of its development.

Mr King says coverage of 98% of farms has been achieved.