Strategy sees infections down
The Government has committed to funding of $30million annually until 2015 to manage bovine tuberculosis.
‘‘New Zealand is seen as the world leader in TB management through its integrated disease control programme and the Government is committed to supporting efforts to eliminate this disease,’’ Agriculture minister David Carter said.
‘‘The ability of our beef, dairy and deer industries to compete in global markets hinges on the successful management of TB.’’
The Government’s contribution supports the revised National Pest Management Strategy, an $82m annual programme administered by the Animal Health Board in partnership with the Crown, industry and regional councils.
Under the strategy the beef, dairy and deer industries will contribute around $45m and regional councils around $6m.
‘‘Through the efforts of this partnership we have already made significant progress in controlling TB. The numbers of infected deer and cattle herds have fallen from more than 1700 in 1994 to 98 in June this year,’’ Mr Carter said.