Transformation of biosecurity
The 2018 Biosecurity Forum in Auckland was an opportunity for Biosecurity New Zealand to celebrate its successes and to present the Biosecurity Implementation Plan 2025.
This speaks of transforming the way we do biosecurity under increasing pressure and acknowledges that things need to change.
There are five main programmes of work, which will bring about change in the following ways:
Kaitiakitanga – by monitoring, reporting and managing system health.
Creating a movement – by establishing proactive positive behaviours and collaboration.
Collaborating in knowledge – sharing research, development and technology.
Building resilience – a system approach to skills, assets, regulatory frameworks and networks.
Enabling smart data – ways to share data to enable analytics, science, research and intelligence.
It is hoped that these five programmes will enable culture change and enable a network of networks.
The relevance of these values to the potato industry is that we are wholly supportive of biosecurity with is being
personally relevant to all players. It’s agreed that the more we can work together, the better for all and the more effective the responses.
All New Zealanders need to fully realise how important our fresh producers are for our own food supply and economic contribution.
Potatoes NZ (PNZ) agrees that biosecurity for our farms is integral to our resilience as an industry, in a time of border security coming under increased pressure. NZ is being visited by more and more tourists and cruise ships, e-commerce brings in products more easily from overseas and farmers are importing more machinery.
PNZ feel hopeful that Biosecurity NZ’s new plan will create a strong support system for our industry in the future. The goal of enabling networks, really goes without saying and certainly will be driven by all New Zealanders understanding the value of our industry. Once we have cultural change then we can connect the networks, to support the strength of responses. That will see collaboration with common goals to protect our land, our food and our grower industry.
The work is due to start in the next two to three years and PNZ will observe with interest any resulting changes.
To view the Biosecurity 2025 Plan in full, visit www.thisisus.nz