Trans­for­ma­tion of biose­cu­rity

NZ Grower - - Potatoes Nz Inc. - By Gemma Car­roll

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

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