Traceability will be key in any response
The measures and increased awareness of FMD remind us all of the importance of always having good biosecurity practices in place – specifically traceability. The speed of dealing with any outbreak of FMD would rely heavily on traceability, as would an outbreak or incursion affecting our industry.
- Get Onside with quick and easy traceability: KVH and Onside are making it easier for all growers to keep records for plant material movements.
- Develop your biosecurity plan:
KVH has produced an easy to follow 5 step template that helps you complete a plan that manages biosecurity risk on your property, including traceability and record keeping of all movements across your boundary.
- Make sure contractors have a biosecurity plan too: Contractors who are part of the Zespri Gap/Compliance Assessment Verification (CAV) will have a biosecurity plan included as part of their CAV requirements, and this will be audited as part of their existing CAV audit. Contractors who are not currently required to hold a Zespri CAV need to complete a Non-CAV Contractors Biosecurity Plan and present it to growers (much as a CAV is currently).