FOMA farms working hard to avoid Mycoplasma Bovis
None of Federation of Māori Authorities’ (FOMA) beef farms have been infected with the Mycoplasma Bovis disease.
It comes as the government is assessing the situation where 39 farms been tested positive and close to 2000 more could be at risk.
Traci Houpapa, Chair of FOMA says they are encouraging the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to keep on top of the matter.
“We are aware of no FOMA farms that have been infected by M.Bovis. We are crossing our fingers. The implications for the industry are huge and we support MPI and their efforts to eradicate the disease.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the government, the industry and MPI are assessing the situation on a daily basis.
“We are working together on this issue giving the industry more time to digest some of the new information or just the information that's coming to hand day by day. Looking to make a decision about how we'll manage this together going forward.”
Houpapa also says FOMA isn't taking the situation lightly.
“Biosecurity is critical for our trade and New Zealand knows we live and die on our trade framework. This has huge implications for us. We encourage MPI to act sooner and quicker and more forcefully with regards to the response of M.Bovis.”
Ardern says they are focusing on making the country Mycoplasma Bovis free.
“Our focus is on making sure New Zealand remains free in the long term of Bovis, but we have to analyse all of the information we have and the best we advise we have so decisions haven't been finalised yet.”
Houpapa adds the plan now for FOMA is for its farmers to mitigate any further risks.
“We'll continue to keep in touch with our FOMA members; we'll also focus more on how we can contain stock movements and look to work with industry, our vets, farm advisors and MPI on this matter.”
The Prime Minister will be making a further decision about it next week.