Farm­ers urged to have say on NAIT

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Fed­er­ated Farm­ers is in synch with the Govern­ment’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to re­vamp NAIT into a more ef­fec­tive and easy-touse sys­tem, and urges farm­ers to speak up on the changes they want to see.

“The launch this morn­ing of a new round of con­sul­ta­tion on im­prove­ments to the Na­tional An­i­mal Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and Trac­ing Scheme is a vi­tal step in stream­lin­ing and fu­ture­proof­ing this tool,” Feds Pres­i­dent Katie Milne says.

Good progress has been made get­ting on with some of the 37 rec­om­men­da­tions in the NAIT Re­view re­leased ear­lier this year.

“Now we have an­other chance to fur­ther hone the scheme into the ef­fec­tive farm­ing, trace­abil­ity and biose­cu­rity tool we need it to be. Farm­ers — the peo­ple who use NAIT ev­ery day — have a huge stake in this and will no doubt have ideas on how to make NAIT more fit for pur­pose.

“The M. bo­vis out­break has un­der­scored for us why we need to get this right and Fed­er­ated Farm­ers will cer­tainly seize this chance for in­put,” says Katie.

In­cluded in the con­sul­ta­tion are ques­tions that go fur­ther than the NAIT Re­view, in­clud­ing the role of an­i­mal trans­porters, is­sues around stock agents and po­ten­tially bring­ing other species un­der the scheme.

■ Sub­mis­sions close on De­cem­ber 19. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing the con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment and sub­mis­sion form, is avail­able from mpi.govt.nz/ NAIT­con­sul­ta­tion

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