The Government has approved an agreement with primary
industries which will see it collaborate and share the costs
of preparing plans to prevent or fight any biosecurity
The Government Industry Agreements (GIA) deed, which was
developed by a joint industry and Ministry for Primary
Industries (MPI) working group, was approved by the Cabinet
in December, after protracted discussion, negotiation,
submissions and reviews.
The deed outlines the principles for the formal
Government-industry partnerships and the commitments that
each signatory must makes.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said the deed would
give industries a direct say in managing biosecurity
risk''Biosecurity is a shared responsibility, and it needs
everyone to be on board,'' Mr Guy said.
Under the agreements, the Government will make a 20%
contribution towards costs, and MPI and industry will share
the remaining 80% of costs.
Horticulture New Zealand president Julian Raine said it had
been a difficult process for all parties, at times, but now
growers could feel they could contribute as equal partners to
However, not all of the grower groups would be happy about
having to share costs, he said.
''Some of our affiliated product groups will agree, some
''It is a decision that each of them will need to discuss
with their growers.
''The main thing is there is now the opportunity to get a
seat at the decision-making table and some parts of
horticulture have been calling for this for a long time,'' Mr
Federated Farmers biosecurity spokesman William Rolleston
said GIAs gave primary industry groups a ''seat at the
table'' when decisions were being made.
''Biosecurity is ultimately a team effort. It is not about it
being 100% the Government's job and nor is it 100% the
primary industries' job either.''
Exporters were rarely those responsible for bringing pests or
diseases into the country and the Government's contribution
was recognition of that, Dr Rolleston said.
Cost-sharing for both planning and preparation as well as
fighting an outbreak will be phased in beginning in July,
with industries required to pay the full share of costs for
readiness in 2020 and response costs in 2023.
Members of the working group included representatives from
the Meat Industry Association, Federated Farmers,
Horticulture NZ, NZ Kiwifruit Growers, Dairy NZ, the Forest
Owners Association and the poultry and egg industries.