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Lukewarm promise opens door to more pests

Lukewarm promise opens door to more pests

The Biosecurity Minister's lukewarm promise to have sea container biosecurity measures sorted by the end of the year is hardly the assurance our primary producers desperately need, says National's Biosecurity spokesman, Shane Ardern.

"With the spate of incursions by ants, moths and mosquitoes in the last few weeks, just imagine what could turn up on our shores over the next nine months.

"Jim Sutton needs to take action now. Our ports need trained inspectors carrying out checks on all sea containers, not a half-hearted promise to tighten up our borders by the end of the year.

"It's obvious that imported machinery, cars and tyres pose a major risk to our biosecurity. The Government surely can't ignore the fact that waterfront workers are now refusing to handle some cargo for fear it houses unwanted pests.

"It's all very well the Minister arguing that biosecurity is the responsibility of all New Zealanders, just not the Government. I would like to suggest to Mr Sutton that some action and direction from the Government - now - might be a good place to start," says Mr Ardern.

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