Biose­cu­rity top is­sue for pri­mary sec­tor

Agri-food continues to dom­i­nate New Zealand’s ex­port rev­enues de­spite neg­a­tive re­ac­tion to in­dus­try

Hawke's Bay Today - - LOCAL NEWS - — Staff Reporter

Biose­cu­rity has re­mained the high­est-ranked pri­or­ity for the New Zealand pri­mary sec­tor for the eighth year in a row, KPMG said in its lat­est is­sue of AgriBusiness Agenda.

KPMG, in re­leas­ing its sur­vey re­sults at Na­tional Fiel­d­ays at Mys­tery Creek, said biose­cu­rity in­cur­sions, en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges, wa­ter qual­ity, labour avail­abil­ity, trade wars and ru­ral in­fras­truc­ture all fea­tured promi­nently among re­spon­dents, who were in­dus­try lead­ers across the pri­mary sec­tor.

“Un­sur­pris­ingly, against a back­ground of My­coplasma bo­vis and myr­tle rust, world-class biose­cu­rity re­mains a No 1 pri­or­ity rank­ing for the eighth con­sec­u­tive year, hit­ting a new record pri­or­ity score of 9.62 in the process,” it said.

De­liv­ery of a high-speed ru­ral broad­band came sec­ond, with a rank­ing of 8.73 and food se­cu­rity ranked third at 8.63.

The con­sul­tancy’s global head of agribusiness, Ian Proud­foot, said last year’s agenda was about op­por­tu­ni­ties in global mar­kets whereas this year’s theme was weighted to­wards a range of do­mes­tic is­sues.

“It has been a chal­leng­ing year for the in­dus­try, where the main­stream nar­ra­tive has been pre­dom­i­nantly neg­a­tive de­spite agri-food con­tin­u­ing to dom­i­nate New Zealand’s ex­port rev­enues,” Proud­foot said. “The negativity presents risks to the in­dus­try’s so­cial li­cence to op­er­ate and its abil­ity to com­mand a pre­mium price in global mar­kets.”

Given the dis­cov­ery of My­coplasma bo­vis and myr­tle rust in the last year, as well the brown mar­morated stink bug, it was not sur­pris­ing that main­tain­ing world­class biose­cu­rity again rated the high­est-ranked pri­or­ity for in­dus­try lead­ers, record­ing its high­est pri­or­ity score in the sur­vey, Proud­foot said.

“There was a clear mes­sage that the speed of re­sponse to My­coplasma bo­vis has been com­pro­mised by farm­ers not ful­fill­ing their obli­ga­tions un­der NAIT, (the Na­tional An­i­mal Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and Trac­ing scheme),” Proud­foot said. “This high­lights that man­ag­ing biose­cu­rity risks must be­come en­shrined as part of the day-to-day re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery­body that works in the agri-food sec­tor,” he said.

The cen­tral role that en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion and wa­ter qual­ity played in last year’s election fea­tured strongly in many of KPMG’s con­ver­sa­tions, with concern over the way the is­sue is con­stantly pre­sented as the pri­mary sec­tor’s prob­lem, Proud­foot said. “Whether we like it or not, ev­ery New Zealan­der has con­trib­uted to the degra­da­tion of our en­vi­ron­ment, wa­ter­ways and beaches.”

Photo / Andrew Warner

KPMG’s global head of agribusiness, Ian Proud­foot, said it had been a chal­leng­ing year for the in­dus­try.

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