26 Nov 2009

Call for biosecurity cost plans to be scrapped

1:41 pm on 26 November 2009

Federated Farmers is calling on the Government to follow the United Kingdom's move in ditching plans for biosecurity cost-sharing.

The British government has shelved its animal tax, which would have forced exporters to share to cost of dealing with biosecurity incursions.

Federated Farmers biosecurity spokesperson, John Hartnell, says the New Zealand Govenment should follow suit.

He says the cost of keeping pests out of the country should fall on goods being imported into the country and international air travellers, not the rural sector.

Mr Hartnell says industry representatives are meeting Biosecurity Minister, David Carter, on Thursday to discuss the Government's proposal to introduce the user pays system.