Ru­ral Women be­hind Gov­ern­ment on M. bo­vis

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Ru­ral Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has of­fered its full sup­port to the Gov­ern­ment for com­mu­ni­ties that are af­fected by the My­coplasma bo­vis (M. bo­vis) out­break.

This an­nounce­ment was made in a meet­ing last week with Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern, Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Biose­cu­rity Damien O’Connor, and Waikato dairy farm­ers, then re­it­er­ated with in­dus­try lead­ers.

“Our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties are re­ally hurt­ing in this un­prece­dented biose­cu­rity out­break — it is vi­tal they are sup­ported through­out this re­sponse, no mat­ter what fu­ture plan is de­cided next week,” says RWNZ na­tional pres­i­dent Fiona Gower.

“From what I saw on Mon­day last week, and what we are hear­ing from our mem­bers and oth­ers in the in­dus­try, it is clear that the re­sponse to M. bo­vis is up­set­ting and we are pleased to have been able to of­fer our sup­port.

“Since 1925, RWNZ mem­bers have been the glue that holds ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to­gether and nearly 100 years later we con­tinue by work­ing with Ru­ral Sup­port Trusts, vis­it­ing farm­ing fam­i­lies, and of­fer­ing fund­ing for ad­verse events.

“The de­ci­sion to of­fer our full sup­port comes from re­cent meet­ings with in­dus­try lead­ers and the Min­is­ter, and from our many years’ ex­pe­ri­ence sup­port­ing ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

“We are pleased to con­tinue our tra­di­tion of char­i­ta­ble giv­ing and we look for­ward to en­sur­ing ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties are fully sup­ported through the M. bo­vis out­break,” says Fiona.

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