25 Mar 2011

Submissions heard on biosecurity law reform bill

12:47 pm on 25 March 2011

Submissions on the Biosecurity Law Reform Bill have been heard this week by the Government's Primary Production Select Committee.

The bill proposes some of the most significant changes to the biosecurity system in more than a decade.

Thirty-nine submissions from organisations and individuals have been received on the bill.

It includes a range of amendments to the Biosecurity Act, including the development of Government-industry agreements on preparing for, and responding to, newly-detected harmful organisms, and for sharing the costs of jointly-agreed activities.

Horticulture New Zealand earlier said that some avocado growers have expressed dismay over the possiblity of entering into cost-sharing arrangements with the Government for biosecurity preparedness and response activities.

The organisation said that it does not have the money to cost-share and the extra charges should lie with the industries which create the risk - tourism and importing.

Federated Farmers also has concerns with having to foot the bill for biosecurity.