[9 October/Stuff]

Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, announced a recovery package to help farmers get back to business faster after being cleared of Mycoplasma bovis. The package would give access to assistance with compensation claims, online tools, and extra support from the Rural Support Trust. The compensation team was made up of rural professionals, with the cost of running the team being funded through the national Mycoplasma bovis response. The package would also help Rural Support Trust. The package would be rolled out by the Ministry for Primary Industries, DairyNZ, and Beef + Lamb NZ. Mr O’Connor said the response was making good progress in its world-first eradication attempt. Of the farms in New Zealand, 74 had been infected, with 36 destocked and cleared of the disease.