Wellington, May 30, 2017
The wine industry has become the fourteenth industry sector to join the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) biosecurity partnership.
It is very good news to have New Zealand Winegrowers working with the Ministry for Primary Industries and other industry partners on biosecurity.
It means we can work together on preventing, managing and responding to the most important risks like Pierce’s Disease and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.
This shows the wine industry takes biosecurity seriously and wants to work collaboratively with MPI on preparedness and responses.
As the recent Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement outlines, biosecurity is a shared responsibility. We need everyone working together sharing their expertise and experience.
Last week, I was proud to announce an $18 million boost to biosecurity in Budget 2017, meaning the total biosecurity budget is now just under a quarter of a billion – the highest ever.
New Zealand’s wine exports are worth around $1.6 billion a year.
Other signatories to the GIA include:
Kiwifruit Vine Health
Pipfruit New Zealand
New Zealand Pork
New Zealand Equine Health Association
Onions New Zealand
Forestry Owners Association
New Zealand Avocado Growers’ Association
New Zealand Citrus Growers Incorporated
Potatoes New Zealand
Ministry for Primary Industries
Nathan Guy is Primary Industries Minister of New Zealand. He attended the signing ceremony held at Parliament Buildings today.