GOVERNMENT INDUSTRY AGREEMENTS FOR READINESS AND RESPONSE
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. Growers were kept informed throughout extensive discussions and the process highlighted for Summerfruit NZ, their deep concerns about biosecurity and their desire for more robust systems to be implemented. Growers were also strongly supportive of industry being involved in decision making around biosecurity.
An application to sign the Deed was submitted to the MPI by Summerfruit NZ was approved, and 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.
Recently Summerfruit NZ made an application to the Minister for Primary Industries to implement a Biosecurity Levy to fund the industry’s commitments under GIA. We are currently awaiting a decision by the Minister.
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.
The following table summarises the projects the BMSB and FF Councils are currently working on.
|Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Council||Fruit Fly Council|
|Understanding BMSB biology and behaviour||Industry surveillance pilot|
|Coordinated research plan||Combining fruit fly lures|
|BMSB response operational specification||Use of cone traps with alpha cypermethrin|
|Samurai wasp release plan||Response simulation|
|Use of netting against BMSB||Case study for pest free area|
|BMSB control in urban areas||Cold disinfestation|
|2018-19 Awareness campaign||Review of risks across the biosecurity system|
Other industry and government signatories to the BMSB and FF Councils are listed below.
NZ Apples and Pears
Kiwifruit Vine Health
NZ Avocado Growers Association
NZ Citrus Growers
Vegetables New Zealand