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FFNZ Welcomes Biosecurity Committee

10 January 2004

FFNZ Welcomes Biosecurity Committee

Federated Farmers is pleased the Government’s commitment to biosecurity has been extended with the appointment of the Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee.

The committee is a watchdog group that provides independent advice on the performance of the biosecurity system and monitors the implementation of the New Zealand Biosecurity Strategy.

“The committee are a good mix of people who recognise that New Zealand's competitive advantage for trade and tourism lies in protecting its biosecurity status. Their appointment is the next step in implementing New Zealand’s strong and unified biosecurity strategy,” says Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc) President Tom Lambie.

“Our tyranny of distance offers our one true competitive advantage - not only for indigenous fauna and flora but also our commercial primary production,” says Mr Lambie.

Federated Farmers National Board member John Aspinall has been appointed to the committee. Mr Aspinall, a high country farmer who farms at Mt Aspiring, near Wanaka, is a keen conservationist and Chair of the Hieracium Control Trust, set up to restrict the spread of the invasive tussock weed.

ENDS

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