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New Zealand wine industry signs biosecurity partnership

By Rachel Arthur+

02-Jun-2017
Last updated on 02-Jun-2017 at 11:04 GMT2017-06-02T11:04:44Z

New Zealand places great importance on protecting its native ecosystem: biosecurity is about keeping unwanted organisms out. Pic:iStock/domenolomo
New Zealand places great importance on protecting its native ecosystem: biosecurity is about keeping unwanted organisms out. Pic:iStock/domenolomo

New Zealand’s wine industry has signed the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for Biosecurity Readiness and Response: an agreement that looks at pests and diseases and sets out actions to minimize risks. 

Biosecurity is critically important to New Zealand and its primary industries, with unwanted incursions from pests and diseases having the potential to significantly impact an industry; the regional and national economy; and natural and urban environments.

The agreement, which is a partnership between government and industry sectors, will agree actions to minimize the risk and impact of an incursion, as well as prepare for the event in which an incursion occurs.

Wine industry to identify biosecurity issues

The New Zealand Winegrowers become the 14th industry organisation to join the GIA. Philip Gregan, CEO, said signing the agreement represents a significant step forward in helping to ensure the sustainability of the country’s wine industry.

“Signing the GIA Deed secures the wine industry a seat around the table when decisions are being made on biosecurity issues,” said Gregan.

“Making decisions in partnership with government provides the opportunity to influence how the wine industry is impacted in the event of a biosecurity response and ensures we deliver the best outcomes for our members.”  

New Zealand wine exports reached a record $1.65bn over the last year, and the industry is aiming to reach $2bn in exports by 2020. Wine is exported to more than 90 countries, and is New Zealand’s fifth largest export good by value.

The other industry sectors that have signed the GIA are: Potatoes New Zealand, Vegetables New Zealand, TomatoesNZ, Kiwifruit Vine Health, Pipfruit New Zealand, New Zealand Pork, New Zealand Equine Health Association, Onions New Zealand, the Forestry Owners Association, New Zealand Avocado Growers’ Association, New Zealand Citrus Growers Incorporated, NZ Kiwiberry, Nashis NZ and the Ministry for Primary Industries, under GIA.

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