Fight against fruit fly threat strengthened with renewal of successful biosecurity partnership
News item issued by GIA
A ground-breaking agreement to fight the threat of fruit fly has been renewed and updated by Government and eight of New Zealand’s largest horticulture industry groups.
The Fruit Fly Operational Agreement, first signed in May 2016 was the first such agreement under the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA). The Agreement sets out the operational requirements for biosecurity readiness and response as well as cost sharing between the Government and affected industries. Its renewal enhances New Zealand’s protection from the threat of fruit flies arriving and as a country is well-prepared in the event that a response is required, as happened with the large Auckland Fruit Fly response in Auckland in 2019.
Fruit Fly Council Chair, Matt Dyck, says the parties are very pleased to have finalised the new agreement after a period of re-negotiation and review amongst the parties.
“Renewing the Fruit Fly Operational Agreement illustrates the success of the partnership and will enable Biosecurity New Zealand and the horticulture sector to build on the strong foundations now in place to continue working together to manage and help reduce the impacts of fruit fly on New Zealand,” says Mr Dyck.
“Fruit flies continue to be one of the biggest biosecurity threats facing horticulture. An unmanaged fruit fly incursion would cost the horticulture industry billions of dollars, and would have significant negative impacts on the economy, the community and NZ’s trade relationships. By working together under GIA, Government and affected industries have achieved far more than would have been possible working in isolation of each other. By harnessing the collective strengths and experiences of all the affected horticulture sectors, along with the national responsibilities of the Government we have created a strong, cohesive partnership that is delivering excellent outcomes for all New Zealanders”, commented Mr Dyck.
The new agreement took effect from 1 September 2022 and has a seven-year term. It sets out the outcomes sought by the parties in reducing the threat of fruit flies to New Zealand, and the roles and responsibilities of each of the signatories.
The Agreement provides for shared biosecurity readiness activities across all fruit fly species, and for response activities it covers responses and allocates cost shares for the three species of Fruit Fly expected to have the broadest impact should they establish in New Zealand (Queensland Fruit Fly, Mediterranean Fruit Fly, Oriental fruit fly). The agreement provides the flexibility to enable response activities to get underway rapidly if flies are found, irrespective of the species and impacted horticultural sectors.
“New Zealand’s partnership between Government and primary sector industries for managing biosecurity readiness and response is world leading” concluded Mr Dyck, “the renewal of the Fruit Fly Operational Agreement confirms the commitment of all parties to working together under GIA and ensures that New Zealand is well placed to fight the threat of fruit fly.”
Signatories to the Fruit Fly Operational Agreement are:
Ministry of Primary Industries
Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated
Kiwifruit, including Kiwiberry growers
NZ Apple and Pears Incorporated
Pipfruit sector that grows fresh pipfruit for consumption, including the Nashi sector
NZ Avocado Growers’ Association Incorporated
Commercial avocado growers
New Zealand Citrus Growers Incorporated
Fresh citrus fruit growers
Tomatoes New Zealand Incorporated
Commercial fresh tomato growers
Vegetables New Zealand Incorporated
Commercial fresh vegetable growers
Summerfruit New Zealand Incorporated
Commercial summerfruit growers sector
Horticulture New Zealand Incorporated
Process Vegetable NZ Grower members