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Fight against fruit fly threat strengthened with renewal of successful biosecurity partnership.
A ground-breaking agreement to fight the threat of fruit fly has been renewed and updated by Government and eight of New Zealand’s largest horticulture industry groups.

The Fruit Fly Operational Agreement, first signed in May 2016 was the first such agreement under the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA). The Agreement sets out the operational requirements for biosecurity readiness and response as well as cost sharing between the Government and affected industries. Its renewal enhances New Zealand’s protection from the threat of fruit flies arriving and as a country is well-prepared in the event that a response is required, as happened with the large Auckland Fruit Fly response in Auckland in 2019. Read more

Plant Pass is underway!
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Plant Pass is designed to protect producers and plant buyers in our domestic and export fruit and vegetable sectors, vineyard, forestry, amenity and garden, built and natural environment markets. It helps lessen the likelihood of a high-risk organism establishing in a nursery and being inadvertently spread by the domestic plant trade. Read more

GIA welcomes Seed + Grain Readiness & Response
Federated Farmers Arable, the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR), the Flour Millers Association, the New Zealand Grain and Seed Trade Association (NZGSTA) and United Wheat Growers, held extensive consultations before agreeing to form SGRR and sign up to the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for Biosecurity Readiness and Response. Read more

Aquaculture sector joins GIA
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Aquaculture joins the 23 other industry sectors that have agreed to work with Government, and each other, to deal with pests or pathogens specific to their primary industry sectors. This includes the majority of the horticultural and livestock sectors, representing some $40b of commercial activity across NZ. Read more

Mycoplasma bovis Operational Agreement signed
On 25 June 2019 MPI, DairyNZ and Beef and Lamb NZ finalised an Operational Agreement under GIA that formalises the arrangements for decision making and cost sharing in the attempt to eradicate the livestock disease Mycoplasma bovis. Read more

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On 21 December 2018, Tomatoes New Zealand signed a Sector Readiness Operational Agreement, solidifying the organisations' existing GIA partnership that has developed over the past several years. Read more

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