Biosecurity has always been of the utmost importance to the summerfruit industry.

Over a ten-year period Summerfruit NZ was actively involved in the development of GIA and the final version of the Deed of accession.

The Deed was signed on 14 September 2017, subsequently Summerfruit NZ has became a party to the Fruit Fly Operational Agreement and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Operational Agreement.


Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and Fruit Fly Councils

Summerfruit NZ is actively involved in both the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and Fruit Fly (FF) Councils. These councils have developed operational agreements (OAs) outlining readiness and response activities to reduce the impact of a potential BMSB or FF incursion in New Zealand.

Under GIA, MPI and industries work together through the BMSB and FF Councils to achieve the following general outcomes:

  • maintaining and enhancing public, importer and tourist awareness campaigns to prevent incursion of these threats
  • rapid detection of these biosecurity threats eradicating any populations before spread and establishment
  • reducing the impact of an incursion and eradication response on market access and trade
  • support research for readiness and response.