Biosecurity

The recent Mycoplasma bovis and Myrtle Rust incursions, amongst other plant and animal pests, have highlighted the need for better biosecurity practices across the sector. We recognize that biosecurity measures are not simply implemented at our borders, they encompass a framework of international treaties, readiness, surveillance, incursion response and pest management. Moreover, we believe biosecurity is everyone's responsibility just as health & safety is, so we offer advice and support on effective biosecurity on and off-farm. 

Federated Farmers work in this sector ensures that policy regarding biosecurity is informed by science, economics, trade and environmental factors in which we work closely with Government and industry organisations to ensure that regulations are practical and fair to the farmers involved. We continue to play a central role in the new Zealand biosecurity system.

What's been happening

MPI finds velvetleaf seed in imported radish seed

Posted on 11/09/2021
Advice from the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Velvetleaf Management Programme Steering Group

Submission on the Biosecurity (Information for Incoming Passengers) Amendment Bill

Posted on 17/08/2021
Federated Farmers generally supports the Bill as a measure to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity position.

Blackgrass update

Posted on 2/03/2021
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) advise that young Blackgrass plants found in January 2021 at a property of interest in Canterbury, have been positively identified as Blackgrass...