Strat­egy sees in­fec­tions down

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

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.

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