Pork farmers take action over relaxed standards
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 7:00p.m.
New Zealand’s agricultural industry is the mainstay of our economy, worth around $20 billion, and heavily reliant on biosecurity protection.
Look at the effect of the varroa mite on bees, PSA on kiwifruit, and the recent concern that a single painted Australian fruit fly caused. Imagine the impact of foot and mouth on our livestock.
So the thought that New Zealand may be about to welcome in imports from countries known to have a devastating disease has the industry panicking.
In a last ditch effort to prevent the relaxing of pork import standards, local producers have taken legal action against the Ministry of Primary Industries.
They've already spent millions dollars fighting the plans, but say the alternative is potential financial ruin.
Watch the video to see Lachlan Forsyth’s report.
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28/06/2012 9:20:11 p.m.
I believe all the bacon in Mcdonalds burgers comes from Canada, then into Australia, made into bacon,then used in NZ and Aussie! Does that make it,
Canada, Canada, Canada?
28/06/2012 7:36:54 p.m.
I think it's SHAMEFUL that New Zealand powers that be are even thinking about letting raw pork into this country of ours ... is it not bad enough that our boarders are at risk of other pest etc...that are not checked before entering our lands now this!!! Whats wrong with people. Makes you wonder what else will be allowed. Who is running these outfits us or peolpe off our shores. :(
28/06/2012 6:14:12 p.m.
Michelle Fox wrote:
Great Story Cambpbell Live!! and the appeal has been herd!! All Good News for NZ!
28/06/2012 10:35:38 a.m.
Free trade agreement can leave the farm gate open, all depends what promises have been made behind closed doors. When you tie countries together with agreements you get the good and the bad. It then comes down to risk management which we do not seem too good at. Worrying part is that if you do get one bad item it can cost the country millions potentially billions.
27/06/2012 8:33:05 p.m.
I would have thought that the government would realise and learn by now that their Biosecurity record of late is not good at all, yet we see the prok Industry battling to try and stop another disease getting into our country, why one asks, what next the big one Foot and mouth?If we are 1 of 4 countries in the world that doesnt have this disease, isnt that enough to keep this out,David carter recently said in the house, you cant have free trade and then put restrictions on product comming in, amazing who is he protecting trading partners or NZ!!!!
27/06/2012 8:28:10 p.m.
Sam Averill wrote:
Support OUR NZ Pork Industry. A good item thanks to the team of Campbell Live. My next action is to email the Hon. Mr Carter. Bullshit re trade commitments, the only one that matters is CER and we now how negotiable that is, with the Australians very ready to protect their primary producers.
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