Detection shows system works, says Minister
“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.”