15 Apr 2011

Poultry, kiwifruit groups support biosecurity move

6:25 am on 15 April 2011

The poultry and kiwifruit industries are throwing their weight behind the Government's proposal to develop joint industry agreements to prepare and respond to biosecurity incursions.

The initiative is included in the Biosecurity Law Reform Bill, and has been heavily criticised by some primary industry groups.

Egg Producers Federation executive director Michael Brooks told Parliament's primary production select committee that it supports joint agreements with Government to fight harmful new organisms.

The kiwifruit industry also backs the idea after being one of the first sectors to trial a partnership with the Government, following the discovery of the vine-killing disease PSA last year.

David Tanner of Zespri told the select committee that the joint approach to PSA has worked well, but one size does not fit all, and Government-industry agreements would need to be done on a case by case basis.