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Government Fails Again On Biosecurity

Published: Wed 28 Aug 2002 02:23 PM
28 August 2002
Government Fails Again On Biosecurity
Reports by MAF that the painted apple moth may have spread beyond the West Auckland area come as no surprise, says National's Biosecurity spokesperson Shane Ardern.
"Three months ago, the Primary Production Select Committee was alerted to this possibility, but the Government did nothing.
"It is only now considering whether it should move to management of the moth pest, as opposed to eradication. Yet again, it has failed to respond quickly and effectively.
"Management doesn't work, as was proved with the varroa bee mite, and this procrastination is just another way of saying the painted apple moth is here to stay.
"Competent border control to stop the entry of these pests is what's needed. Controlling this threat to our forests, horticulture, environment and economy has to be a top priority for the Government.
"A major threat by pests won't wait for delayed Government decisions. Once again, it is our major export earners who are at risk while the Government ties itself up in red tape," says Mr Ardern.
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