7 Jul 2009

MAF to cut 60 jobs at borders

5:28 pm on 7 July 2009

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is axing 60 jobs due to a drop in cargo and passenger volumes.

MAF Biosecurity spokesperson Steve Stuart says cargo volumes have fallen by 13% and passenger arrivals have droped by 3% to 4% this year as a result of the global economic downturn.

Mr Stuart says the ministry needs fewer resources at New Zealand's borders.

At present, about 700 people work in border operations for biosecurity.