17 Nov 2011

HortNZ backs Labour's biosecurity plan

6:56 am on 17 November 2011

The Labour Party's plan to boost frontline biosecurity staff if it becomes the Government has the backing of Horticulture New Zealand.

Labour leader Phil Goff launched the party's biosecurity policy in the kiwifruit-growing region of Te Puke on Wednesday.

Mr Goff said Labour would reinstate jobs for 54 biosecurity officers working in ports and airports that were axed by the National Government.

Horticulture New Zealand president Andrew Fenton says he's pleased to hear a biosecurity-specific policy, particularly one that plans to beef up border security.

Federated Farmers also supports increasing frontline biosecurity staff but it says there needs to be a greater emphasis on offshore protection measures as well.