Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Govt committed to Mycoplasma bovis eradication

Govt committed to Mycoplasma bovis eradication; $25.6M spent to date

By Rebecca Howard

Oct. 9 (BusinessDesk) - The government has paid $25.6 million in compensation claims related to Mycoplasma bovis and remains committed to phased eradication, said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor.

One of the biggest challenges for farmers has been navigating the compensation process and Ardern and O'Connor announced a new recovery package aimed at making that easier.

The package includes a team of rural professionals who understand both farming and the compensation process who can sit down and work with farmers on their claims. The Ministry for Primary Industries has also produced an improved compensation form and guide and an online calculator of milk production losses. It will also provide regional recovery managers for key areas.

"I know it’s been an extremely tough time for many farmers,” Ardern said. “Losing herds, pets and years of stock genetics built up over decades is an incredible hit to take for New Zealand’s one shot to protect our national herd and economic base."

The government opted to attempt phased eradication last May, nearly a year after the disease was first detected in New Zealand. The estimated cost was $886 million over 10 years and phased eradication involves ongoing depopulation of any infected properties.

According to the government, of New Zealand’s 24,000 farms, 74 have been infected to date with 36 subsequently de-stocked and cleared of Mycoplasma bovis. All the infected properties remain linked to a single strain of the disease and the government remains "committed to phased eradication, which is progressing well, and to helping farmers get back to business,” Ardern said.

O'Connor was quoted by Radio New Zealand as saying the eradication process was well underway, and he expects a proper update on whether it was proving successful by Christmas.

As of Oct. 5, the government had received 387 claims and had completed or made part payments on 169. The remainder are claims where MPI is awaiting information from the claimant, claims under assessment, pending assessment or awaiting sign out, an MPI spokesperson said. It also includes claims that are on hold, withdrawn or declined.

The total value of the claims assessed so far is $35.5 million. Each claim has to go through a rigorous assessment and verification process, which can take time, a ministry spokesperson said. A total of 216,029 tests had been carried out and 43,004 animals culled.

According to the latest data, there are currently 38 infected properties, 32 on the South Island and 6 on the North Island.

There are 211 properties under "notice of direction," which restricts the movements of animals and goods off a farm which has likely received cattle from an infected farm and where testing is underway. There are also 343 farmers under "assessment," where there is a risk of Mycoplasma bovis and testing is also underway.

The ministry noted that only a small portion of farms under assessment will go on to be placed under a Restricted Place notice and even fewer will be confirmed as infected properties. For example, only around 30 percent of all properties issued a Notice of Direction are confirmed infected, the MPI spokesperson said.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Commerce Commission: Mercury Cleared To Acquire Trustpower’s Retail Business

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance for Mercury NZ Limited to acquire Trustpower Limited’s retail business. Deputy Chair Sue Begg said the Commission is satisfied that the acquisition is unlikely to substantially lessen competition in any New Zealand market.... More>>

Consumer NZ: Buy-now, Pay-later Raking In $10m+ In Late Fees Annually

A Consumer NZ survey has found buy-now, pay-later services are costing shoppers more than $10 million a year in late fees. Close to four out of 10 Kiwi consumers use buy-now, pay-later services, such as Afterpay, Laybuy and Zip... More>>

Westpac: Catherine Mcgrath Appointed New Zealand CEO

Westpac Group CEO Peter King and the Westpac New Zealand Board today announced the appointment of Catherine McGrath as Chief Executive Officer, Westpac New Zealand... More>>

Statistics: Surge In Imports Results In Record Monthly Trade Deficit
Imports increased $1.8 billion in August 2021 compared with August 2020, resulting in a record monthly trade deficit of $2.1 billion, Stats NZ said today. Exports were little changed, down $42 million. "This is a larger deficit than normal because of higher values for imports.. More>>

Fonterra: Completes reset, announces annual results and long-term growth plan out to 2030

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today announced a strong set of results for the 2021 financial year, reflected in a final Farmgate Milk Price of $7.54, normalised earnings per share of 34 cents and a final dividend of 15 cents... More>>

Statistics: GDP rises in the June 2021 quarter

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 2.8 percent in the June 2021 quarter, following a 1.4 percent increase in the March 2021 quarter, Stats NZ said today. June 2021 quarter GDP was 4.3 percent higher when compared with the December 2019 quarter... More>>