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Biosecurity tops business priority list again
9 July 2020

Biosecurity has retained the number one ranking in KPMG’s annual Agribusiness Agenda priorities survey for the tenth year in a row.

KPMG’s Head of Agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot – who we are lucky enough to have giving an exclusive talk at this year’s industry AGMs - said not surprisingly, biosecurity was a top of mind matter for the primary sector leaders who had input into the report. The priority score given to biosecurity increased although it remains below its peak in 2018 at the height of the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) crisis.

“The impact that COVID-19 has had and will continue to have on people’s lives and the economy has highlighted how exposed we are as a country to an incursion.”

“The point was made by a number of contributors that it is critical we take the learnings from the response to COVID-19 and ensure that these are incorporated into biosecurity incursion readiness plans. While the year has passed without an incursion on the scale of M. bovis, it does not mean the year has been incursion free. There are known threats that have tested our border controls, some of which, like the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, have the potential to create significant environmental and economic damage if we drop our guard, something we can ill afford given the cost of the COVID-19”.

KVH is collaborating with NZKGI to host Ian Proudfoot as the special guest speaker at this years AGMs. He will expand on the Agribusiness Agenda and talk about the challenges and opportunities brought about by COVID-19 for the kiwifruit industry. The meeting starts at 9am, Tuesday 18 August 2020, at Trustpower Arena – read more here.

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