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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

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

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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

Myrtle rust appears in west Auckland
The fungal plant disease myrtle rust has been found for the first time in the Auckland region. Read more

It's the largest annual farming and agricultural trade show in the Southern Hemisphere – this year’s event didn’t disappoint which saw record numbers as 133,588 Fielday-goers turned up to celebrate the four-day agricultural event. Read more

Changes to the Biosecurity Response Knowledge Base
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has made changes to the way the Biosecurity Response Knowledge Base (BRKB) is accessed. Read more

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