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FFNZ Welcome Extra Biosecurity Funding

23 May 2002

Federated Farmers welcomes extra funding of $11.7 million to strengthen New Zealand's capability to respond to biosecurity threats, says Grains Council Chairman Neil Barton.

"Funding for biosecurity must keep pace with the increasing threats we face from pests and diseases. A major biosecurity breach, such as an outbreak of FMD would have a devastating effect on the whole New Zealand economy, not just agricultural exports and tourism, said Mr Barton.

"New Zealand's Biosecurity systems are among the best in the world, but are under growing pressure from increased trade and international travel. This funding increase will go towards MAF laboratory services as well as increased surveillance and ongoing support for biosecurity awareness.

'The Federation is working with the Government and other industry groups to develop a Biosecurity Strategy. The Biosecurity Strategy is likely to identify further areas for improvement in New Zealand's biosecurity system which will require a significant boost in funding."

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