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No Varroa Eradication Decision Disappoints Feds

No Varroa Eradication Decision Disappoints Feds


12 July 2000 PR74/2000

NO VARROA ERADICATION DECISION DISAPPOINTS FEDERATED FARMERS BIOSECURITY LESSONS MUST BE LEARNED

Federated Farmers is disappointed at the Government decision today not to attempt the eradication of the Varroa mite, and said that important lessons about New Zealand's border biosecurity must be learned.

Biosecurity spokesman Tom Lambie said that the federation had always backed eradication as the best option, and would be monitoring the Government's performance of its promised management and support activities.

"Eradication would have been the best option. The federation is very disappointed at this decision, and will be watching that the Government's alternative of mite management and beekeeper support is carried through."

Mr Lambie also said that New Zealand needed to learn a vital and important lesson from the arrival of the mite.

"The Varroa mite shows just how vulnerable New Zealand is to new pests and diseases. It will cost New Zealand between $400m to $900m."

"Our border control and biosecurity needs to be properly reviewed and analysed so that the risks to national prosperity are minimised as far as possible."

"Today the agriculture industry is concerned about a bee mite. However, there are many serious diseases and pests that must never arrive, and our border biosecurity must be the best possible."

ENDS For further information: Tom Lambie 026-113-161 Catherine Petrey 04-473-7269 (wk)


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