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Govt sets new biosecurity targets

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/11/2016

At least $80 million will be invested in biosecurity science by 2025 if the government is to achieve a goal set in its new biosecurity direction plan.

The document, released on Tuesday, also sets a target to identify 150,000 skilled people to respond to biosecurity incursions.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy released the 2025 plan at a biosecurity forum in Auckland following two years of work including public consultations

The government will establish a joint steering group of biosecurity participants including central and regional government, iwi, industry and community groups.

"Everyone in New Zealand has a part to play in the system and everyone benefits from it," Mr Guy said.

"If you're a farmer, grower, gardener, tramper or nature lover - you all have something at stake in the future of our biosecurity."

Further targets in the document include making sure at least 75 per cent of adults across the country understand biosecurity and its importance as well as having 90 per cent of relevant businesses actively manage pest and disease risks.

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