[25 June/ Radio NZ News]

The class action claim being brought by over 200 kiwifruit growers against the Ministry for Primary Industries over the PSA disease outbreak in 2010 will be heard in August.  The growers accuse MPI of negligence for letting the disease into the country and are seeking to redress $885 million loss the government estimates was caused by the disease.  Kiwifruit Claim Chair, John Cameron, said that many growers lost their business while others are only just getting back to pre-PSA production levels, adding that the day in court is important for accountability over biosecurity, to ensure that New Zealand has got the best standards in place.  MPI has rejected the allegation and is defending the case.