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Dairy farmers are being warned to be careful not to spread pests and diseases as they move between farms next week.
Staff from the Ministry of Primary Industries travelled to Europe to learn about velvetleaf and how New Zealand may be able to contain the outbreak.
Yesterday Nine to Noon reported on farmers' concerns over chicken manure helping to spread the aggressive weed, velvetleaf via imported chicken feed. Federated Farmers says they can cite multiple… Audio
New Zealand First is urging the government to boost its biosecurity response and do more to search for invasive pest weed velvetleaf.
Tougher restrictions on seed imports could cause a vegetable shortage and raise the price of flowers, merchants and growers say. Audio
The invasive weed velvetleaf has been found on more farms in Waikato, prompting the Waikato Regional Council to ramp up its local response.
Biosecurity teams are being scrambled on to hundreds of dairy farms to try to stop an outbreak of Velvetleaf - one of the world's worst cropping pests. Audio
Biosecurity teams are being scrambled on to hundreds of dairy farms to try to stop an outbreak of velvetleaf - one of the world's worst cropping threats. Audio
The Ministry of Primary Industries is investigating cases of the potentially devastating plant pest, velvetleaf. Ian Telfer reports. Video, Audio
Teams of biosecurity staff in Southland have been out each day over Easter trying to locate outbreaks of devastating pest plant velvetleaf.