Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says the previous Government took a hands-off approach to biosecurity.

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 10:07

Primary Sector Council to advise Government

The Government has set up a new Primary Sector Council to provide “independent strategic advice”, says Minister of Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 07:55

Minister sprays OSPRI over NAIT

Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity Damien O’Connor has hit out at the NAIT system and its manager OSPRI.

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New Zealand’s umbrella rural health organisation will move to shut down if it does not receive government funding next week.

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‘It was the only way forward,’ says the Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, on the decision to slaughter more than 22,000 cows with M. bovis. 

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 09:55

Nats nailed on NAIT

Ag Minister Damien O’Connor says while, on paper, the NAIT system is very good, he blames the present low level of farmer compliance on the previous government which he says ignored warnings about this issue. 

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Monday, 26 March 2018 15:18

22,000 infected cattle to be culled

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will begin a cull of 22,332 cattle on all properties infected with Mycoplasma bovis after scientific testing and tracing confirmed the disease was not endemic.

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 09:55

‘Farmers got off lightly’

Despite all the damage inflicted on the dairy sector by ex-cyclone Gita, the Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor thinks farmers got off lightly.

Published in General News
Monday, 26 February 2018 13:38

Rural-urban divide narrowing — report

A new survey shows many Kiwis – both urban and rural – hold a similar and positive view of the primary sector.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:55

Who's going to pay for M. bovis?

The government is being accused of going cap-in-hand to the primary sector seeking cash to help eradicate Mycoplasma bovis.

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