Group to seek joint ap­proach

South Waikato News - - FARMING -

The Na­tional Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion says it will work with the Gov­ern­ment to as­sess how a joint ap­proach might lead to bet­ter man­age­ment of biose­cu­rity risks to bee­keep­ers.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Barry Fos­ter said the group had agreed to sign a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) with the Pri­mary In­dus­tries Min­istry to talk about a gov­ern­ment in­dus­try agree­ment ( GIA) on biose­cu­rity. These agree­ments give pri­mary pro­duc­ers a big­ger say in biose­cu­rity de­ci­sion-mak­ing, while con­tribut­ing to biose­cu­rity fund­ing.

“The Na­tional Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion needs to find out ex­actly what ben­e­fits there are for us as bee­keep­ers and we need to iden­tify the pos­si­ble down­sides,” Mr Fos­ter said. Once that is done . . . then our mem­bers can make an in­formed de­ci­sion as to whether or not to sign up for­mally to the GIA deed.”

The min­istry was work­ing with about 25 in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tive bod­ies on sign­ing MOUs.

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