[26 October/Stuff]

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) along with DairyNZ and Deer Industry New Zealand will meet with farmers to discuss signing the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response Deed (GIA). The GIA would give the sector more responsibility in biosecurity, led by the Government. B+LNZ chief executive Sam McIvor said the GIA allowed farmers to have more direct influence on biosecurity preparedness and response decision-making. Signatories would also have to help fund the costs of a response, via a levy triggered if there was an incursion.