Weigh up risks, benefits, costs before signing GIA
interest around the current system, the response system and in regard to market access.
When deciding whether or not to vote in favour of signing up to the GIA next year, she said growers have to consider the likelihood and extent of biosecurity risks, and weigh that up against the benefits and costs of being part of the GIA. However she
Under the Deed noted that industries that don't sign up and benefit from any subsequent biosecurity response carried out under GIA could be charged costs under the Biosecurity Act.
NZ Avocado's programme and biosecurity manager, Brad Siebert, said that NZ Avocado supported signing the GIA.
However he said the industry will need to agree on how to fund its involvement, with one option being a separate biosecurity levy set at zero and only activated if a biosecurity response is required.
Consultation with growers via meetings, workshops and other communication channels will continue until the end of the year, with the aim of securing a mandate from growers early in 2015.
He said should growers agree, signing up to the GIA would take place in April 2015.
The presentations prompted some detailed questions from the floor, including queries around the extent of cost recovery likely to be sought by the government / MPI, an indication of what costs might be involved for the industry, and how beneficiaries of any response are defined. While some questions, such as defining beneficiaries, would be up to the industry to answer as part of any GIA submission, Lois Ransom confirmed that MPI's current funding levels for biosecurity would remain.
For further information on the GIA or the GIA consultation process see: www.gia.org.nz www.nzavocado.co.nz