Tougher stance this sea­son

The Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI) will be get­ting tough on brown mar­morated stink bugs (BMSB) this sea­son.

The Orchardist - - Biosecurity -

If biose­cu­rity of­fi­cers de­ter­mine one is in­fested with stink bug, it will be pre­vented from dis­charg­ing its cargo and di­rected to leave New Zealand.

Steve Gil­bert, direc­tor border clear­ance ser­vices, Biose­cu­rity New Zealand, said it had also in­tro­duced a very low thresh­old for de­ter­min­ing con­tam­i­na­tion. It will be com­pul­sory for cer­tain types of cargo to be treated be­fore ar­rival to re­move the risk of hitch­hik­ing stink bugs. Cargo such as un­con­tainer­ised ve­hi­cles and ma­chin­ery will be as­sessed to make sure they are com­pli­ant be­fore they’re al­lowed to be dis­charged.

MPI will no longer di­rect con­tam­i­nated ves­sels to un­dergo fog­ging with in­sec­ti­cide, which was in­tro­duced as an emer­gency treat­ment op­tion in Fe­bru­ary fol­low­ing a spike in BMSB de­tec­tions in ve­hi­cle car­ri­ers from Ja­pan.

Last sea­son biose­cu­rity of­fi­cers in­ter­cepted more than 2500 in­di­vid­ual stink bugs at the border.

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