NZ Pork has become the first animal-based industry to enter
into a Government Industry Agreement.
At its recent annual conference, NZ Pork signed a deed for
the agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response.
It followed Kiwifruit Vine Health, which was the first
industry to make the commitment.
The Minister for Primary Industries attended, along with
representatives from the kiwifruit body and other primary
The deed set the legal framework for NZ Pork's biosecurity
liaison with the ministry. It also gave the industry an equal
voice in decision-making if an exotic disease arrived in New
''The industry continues to have concerns about how
biosecurity is being managed, but the GIA deed creates an
opportunity for us to partner with Government in a very real
and practical way on some priority issues,'' NZ Pork chairman
and North Otago pig farmer Ian Carter said.
''This agreement gives the pork industry a place at the
decision table when it comes to preparing for and managing
biosecurity risks specific to our industry. This is a
positive step toward sorting out a critical area for New
The structure of the agreement showed the ministry wanted to
achieve the best outcomes for the sector, he said.
''That's a significant change in their approach to working
with industry. I think that's a good sign.
''The rural sector needs good working relationships with
government agencies around biosecurity and other issues
impacting including environmental sustainability and animal
"We really need to work together to find durable solutions
for the sector,'' Mr Carter said.