The packs are about the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response Deed (GIA).
DairyNZ proposes signing the GIA on behalf of dairy farmers, but first, farmers are being asked to give their views – and by December 6.
This can be done online at www.dairynz.co.nz/gia where there is also information about conference calls for farmers to ask questions of specialists and other farmers.
The over-arching aim of the GIA is to protect the future of farming in New Zealand by having the right biosecurity in place.
DairyNZ’s policy general manager, Carol Barnao, says “as the recent incursion of Mycoplasma bovis has shown, diseases and pests have a toll on the bottom line of business, and carry an emotional toll too.
“We believe signing the GIA is an important next step in making sure dairy has a voice at the decision table at Government, both on preparedness and response outcomes, and funding – and we want our farmers to let us know what they think.”
The GIA has already been signed by several other sector organisations. Joining DairyNZ in consulting with farmers on the agreement are Beef + Lamb New Zealand and Deer Industry New Zealand.
“We are confident that DairyNZ becoming a signatory is the best way to provide our farmers with more influence and certainty,” says Ms Barnao.
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