Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More
Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Govt and industry firming up Psa action plan

Hon David Carter

Minister for Biosecurity

15 November 2010

Media Statement

Govt and industry firming up Psa action plan

A programme of ‘aggressive containment’ is the immediate action in the battle against Psa disease in the Bay of Plenty, says Biosecurity Minister David Carter.

“Obviously eradication of the disease is what we all want and this is certainly not being ruled out. But with around 500 hectares now infected eradication is looking increasingly difficult, at least in the short term.”

Thirteen kiwifruit orchards have now tested positive for Psa and 16 orchards have been quarantined.

“MAF and the kiwifruit industry are working in tandem on containment measures, including removal of infected plant material and its safe disposal; spraying infected vines; orchard hygiene measures; controls of the use of artificial pollen and advice on the use of beehives for pollination; and controls on the movement of people and equipment around infected properties," says Mr Carter.

“Eradication of Psa versus containment or management is a fast-changing situation, but both MAF and industry agree aggressive containment is the best option for now.

“The Government is fully committed to working with industry on this issue and all necessary resources are being made available to fight the disease.”

Mr Carter says the response to Psa is likely to require a significant financial commitment from both the Government and the kiwifruit industry.

“It is not possible to put any figure on this at this stage, but significant resources and considerable support are already being put into the battle against Psa.”

Mr Carter will hold further meetings with kiwifruit industry representatives on Wednesday to discuss the situation.

ENDS

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On National Spreading Panic About The Economy


The lure for New Zealand to join the AUKUS military alliance is that membership of only its “second pillar” will still (supposedly) give us access to state of the art military technologies. As top US official Kurt Campbell said during his visit to Wellington a year ago:
...We've been gratified by how many countries want to join with us to work with cutting-edge technologies like in the cyber arena, hypersonics, you can go down a long list and it's great to hear that New Zealand is interested...
More


 
 


Government: Retiring Chief Of Navy Thanked For His Service

Defence Minister Judith Collins has thanked the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, for his service as he retires from the Royal New Zealand Navy after 37 years. Rear Admiral Proctor will retire on 16 May to take up an employment opportunity in Australia... More


Labour: Grant Robertson To Retire From Parliament
Labour List MP and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson will retire from Parliament next month, and later in the year take up the position of Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.