Submission on the Import Health Standard: Draft for consultation Bovine Germplasm

Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Federated Farmers) welcomes the opportunity to submit to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on its consultation document “Import Health Standard (IHS): Draft for consultation Bovine Germplasm ihs” (the consultation document).

Federated Farmers takes a keen interest in matters of biosecurity. Any new weed, pest or disease has the potential to restrict or impede farmers productive potential and may also place restrictions on our trade and tourism markets. Farmers are caretakers of large areas of indigenous biodiversity (including forests and wetlands) and are keen for these special areas to be protected from the impacts of unwanted weeds, pests and diseases. It is paramount that any new weeds, pests and diseases are prevented from entering New Zealand.

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