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13 July 2017
Stink bug agreement signed
13 July 2017
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is one of the biggest threats facing New Zealand’s horticultural sector. It threatens the livelihoods of primary sector producers, and would impact on the...
Stink bug agreement signed
13 July 2017

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is one of the biggest threats facing New Zealand’s horticultural sector. It threatens the livelihoods of primary sector producers, and would impact on the quality of life of all New Zealanders if ever able to establish here.

An agreement to reduce the damaging impact of BMSB incursion was signed today by a number of horticultural sector groups and Government at the Horticulture NZ Conference in Tauranga.

BMSB Council Chairperson, Alan Pollard, says this means primary industry organisations and the Ministry for Primary Industries can work together to prepare for and reduce the impacts of the pest.

“While BMSB populations have never taken hold in New Zealand, it’s a sneaky pest that spreads fast and has been caught at the border on passengers and in imported goods many times,” says Mr Pollard.

“If given the opportunity, BMSB has the potential to cause billions of damage to the New Zealand economy. They attack a wide range of New Zealand crops such as grapes, kiwifruit, apples, and stone fruit, corn and many other valuable crops” said Mr Pollard. “In addition, BMSB can ruin peoples’ gardens and when it gets cold, BMSB tends to bunch up in large numbers in dark spaces in homes and other dwellings, making it a huge public nuisance.”

The agreement, under the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity readiness and response (GIA) sets out operational requirements for readiness and response activities and cost-sharing arrangements between Government and affected industries in the management of the BMSB threat. It enables joint decision-making between the parties and sees them all working together to reduce the impacts of the pest to the affected industries.

 

“By working together under GIA, Government and affected industries can achieve far greater outcomes for the benefit of all New Zealanders” says Mr Pollard. “This operational agreement enables us to harness the capabilities of both Government and industry groups to fight BMSB head on. It also gives industry groups a seat at the decision-making table and ensures that an industry perspective is included when decisions are made.”

Initial signatories to the operational agreement are Pipfruit NZ, Kiwifruit Vine Health Ltd, New Zealand Avocado Growers Association, Tomatoes New Zealand, Vegetables New Zealand, NZ Winegrowers, and the Ministry for Primary Industries. It is expected that other industry groups impacted by BMSB will sign the operational agreement in the future once they have joined the GIA partnership.

Media Releases
13 March 2017
Kiwifruit industry signs agreement to fight pest threats
13 March 2017
Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) Inc has signed an agreement with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to help reduce the damaging impacts of the four most common biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit...
Kiwifruit industry signs agreement to fight pest threats
13 March 2017
Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) Inc has signed an agreement with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to help reduce the damaging impacts of the four most common biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit and kiwiberry sectors.

The operational agreement under the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA) was finalised today in Wellington. It sets out the contractual arrangements of how industry and Government will work together to manage potential pests.
 
"This means the kiwifruit and kiwiberry sectors and MPI can work together to manage and help reduce the impact of a number of pest threats on our sector, which has exports of almost $2 billion per year," said KVH CEO, Barry O’Neil.  
 
"There are a number of biosecurity threats facing our industry. The Psa incursion which impacted us from 2010 cost the kiwifruit industry $1 billion. With the signing of this agreement we have committed to doing everything we can to stop another Psa-type event from occurring.”
 
The agreement establishes the operational details for readiness and response activities and cost-sharing arrangements, to deliver better biosecurity outcomes for the kiwifruit sector. It includes the roles and responsibilities of all the parties, including how joint activities will be cost shared. The GIA partnership currently has 14 partners from across Government and the wider primary sector, who have agreed to work together to jointly manage biosecurity threats.
 
“The GIA partnership welcomes the signing of this agreement as a positive step forward for both Government and the kiwifruit sector,” said GIA Secretariat Manager, Steve Rich.
 
“This agreement provides a prime example of how biosecurity will come to be managed in New Zealand under GIA – with industry and the Crown working together to achieve the best possible outcomes.”
 
The agreement covers the four most common threats to the kiwifruit sector, and other pests and pathogens can be added to the agreement as they are identified. Signatories to the agreement include Kiwifruit Vine Health Inc (on behalf of the kiwifruit and kiwiberry sectors) and the Ministry for Primary Industries on behalf of the Crown).
 
The kiwifruit and kiwiberry sector operational agreement is the second of its kind. The first agreement was the multi-sector agreement for the management of fruit fly in New Zealand and agreements for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) are currently in development. Over time, further operational agreements for specific biosecurity threats, and sectors represented under GIA, will be executed between the partners to GIA.
 
Media Releases
20 June 2016
Kiwiberry growers join GIA biosecurity partnership
20 June 2016
Primary Industries Minister, Hon Nathan Guy has approved the application for NZ KiwiBerry Growers Incorporated (NZKBG) to join the GIA partnership. NZKBG will be represented by Kiwifruit Vine Health...
Kiwiberry growers join GIA biosecurity partnership
20 June 2016

Primary Industries Minister, Hon Nathan Guy has approved the application for NZ KiwiBerry Growers Incorporated (NZKBG) to join the GIA partnership.

NZKBG will be represented by Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH), which became the first industry group to sign the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) Deed for Biosecurity Readiness and Response in May 2014.

NZKBG Chair, Geoff Oliver said joining the GIA partnership, will give the kiwiberry industry the opportunity to influence decision making in the event of a biosecurity response.

“This means we can all work together on managing and responding to the biosecurity risks that impact our industry,” says Mr Oliver.

“The kiwiberry sector is going through a significant growth phase, and production is projected to rise from 140,000 export trays in 2016 to 200,000 trays in 2016, so we must do all we can to understand and manage our biggest biosecurity risk and the impacts they could have on our industry.”

The kiwiberry sector comprises of around 40 producing, or soon to be producing, hectares – most of which is based in the Bay of Plenty region. Last year NZKBG generated $4.2m in revenue, of which 90 percent came from exports.

KVH’s Chief Executive Barry O’Neil says KVH is pleased to represent the kiwiberry industry at the decision making table. “We have a commonality of biosecurity issues. Kiwiberry are likely to be susceptible to many of the same pests and diseases as other kiwifruit cultivars, so working together in partnership makes sense”, says Mr O’Neil.

“We are currently working to determine what pests and diseases will be the biggest threats to kiwiberry and identify what readiness activities are required to mitigate the risk of these threats.”

GIA Secretariat Manager, Steve Rich welcomed NZKBG on behalf of the GIA partnership saying the new addition further strengthens efforts to better deliver biosecurity outcomes. “It’s great to see sectors facing similar risks and concerns joining forces for the purposes of delivering better biosecurity,” says Mr Rich.

“One of the key benefits of GIA for smaller primary sectors like KiwiBerry is the ability to partner directly with the other players in the system.”

NZKBG joins Kiwifruit Vine Health, Pipfruit New Zealand Inc., New Zealand Pork, New Zealand Equine Health Association, Onions New Zealand Inc., the NZ Forestry Owners Association, The New Zealand Avocado Growers’ Association, NZ Citrus Growers’ Inc. and the Ministry for Primary Industries under GIA.

About Government Industry Agreement (GIA)
GIA operates as a partnership between industry and government to manage pests and diseases that could badly damage New Zealand's primary industries, our economy, and our environment. It aims to improve biosecurity outcomes and give everyone the confidence that the best decisions are being made.

To find out more about NZ KiwiBerry Growers Inc. visit www.nzkiwiberry.com, or to find out more about GIA, visit www.gia.org.nz

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