[5 October/ New Zealand Herald]

Summerfruit NZ and the Meat Industry Association of New Zealand (MIA) last week signed the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA) Deed. By signing the deed, Summerfruit NZ and MIA join 15 industry sectors that have agreed to work with government, and each other, to combat the threat of an incursion of a pest or disease. Summerfruit NZ symbolises the shared interests of New Zealand’s apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach and plum growers, which collectively sit at a value of $140 million for the 2015-16 year. MIA characterises New Zealand’s meat processors and exporters. MIA members account for over 99 percent of the meat processed in New Zealand. The meat sector exports almost $8 billion annually. GIA Manager Steve Rich said MIA and Summerfruit NZ joining the GIA partnership means the majority of New Zealand’s land-based agriculture sectors are now represented in GIA, along with Government.