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BMSB Council Renews Commitment to Protect New Zealand Against Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
The BMSB Council has affirmed its strong commitment to strengthening New Zealand's defences against the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) with the launch of its renewed 2023-2028 strategic plan. This marks a significant evolution of the existing strategy, and focuses on response planning and long-term management, ensuring the safeguarding of NZ’s economic, social, cultural, and environmental interests. Read more

New biosecurity initiative to trial benefits of online traceability programme
Several primary industry sector groups have joined forces to trial a new biosecurity traceability programme in what is a groundbreaking move for New Zealand's biosecurity landscape. The six-month trial will test whether an online biosecurity traceability programme makes it easier and faster to detect and respond to outbreaks of pests and diseases. Read more

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug biosecurity partnership renewed
An important agreement to ensure New Zealand continues to fight the threat of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has been renewed and updated by Government and nine of New Zealand’s largest horticulture industry groups. Read more

Poultry producers the latest sector to join GIA
The Poultry Industry Association of New Zealand (PIANZ) joined the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA) in a signing ceremony on 21 June 2023 attended by Biosecurity Minister Hon Damien O’Connor and senior representatives of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

By signing the GIA Deed, PIANZ joins the 23 other industry sectors that have agreed to work with the Government, and each other, to combat the threat of an incursion of a pest or disease significantly impacting Aotearoa New Zealand’s primary industries. Read more

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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