De­tec­tion shows sys­tem works, says Min­is­ter

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“The de­tec­tion of a sin­gle male fruit fly is very rare and shows the sys­tem works”, said Pri­mary In­dus­tries Min­is­ter Nathan Guy. “We have a world class, multi-lay­ered biose­cu­rity sys­tem with mea­sures in place off­shore and at the bor­der to pre­vent pests be­com­ing es­tab­lished in New Zealand. “One fea­ture of that is around 7,500 traps placed around the coun­try, near to ports and air­ports, which have picked up this sin­gle male Queens­land fruit fly. “I've been in Whangarei and was im­pressed with what I saw in terms of the ini­tial re­sponse and ur­gency by MPI and other agen­cies. We now have a ma­jor op­er­a­tion un­der­way to de­ter­mine if there are any more. “MPI and in­dus­try are treat­ing this very se­ri­ously. The peo­ple of Whangarei also have an im­por­tant sup­port­ing role to play and I thank them for their pa­tience and co-op­er­a­tion over the next few weeks.

“Biose­cu­rity is my num­ber one pri­or­ity as Min­is­ter. In the last year and a half around 100 new quar­an­tine in­spec­tors have joined MPI on the front­line, and we have new x-ray ma­chines in­stalled at our in­ter­na­tional air­ports.

“We've also brought in Gov­ern­ment In­dus­try Agree­ments (GIAs) which, once signed, will in­volve in­dus­try and Gov­ern­ment work­ing to­gether on prepa­ra­tion and re­sponse to th­ese kinds of threats.”

From left to right: MPI Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Mar­tyn Dunne; Pri­mary In­dus­tries Min­is­ter Nathan Guy; and An­drew Cole­man, Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Com­pli­ance and Re­sponse.

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