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Funding for new TB plan approved
Budget 2016 confirms $69.8 million of new operating funding over the next four years to help eradicate bovine tuberculosis
The government has today approved the budget for the new TB plan. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy stated that “We’ve made great progress in tackling this destructive disease. This new funding will help achieve our goals of eradicating bovine TB from cattle and deer by 2026, and from TB-infected wildlife in New Zealand by 2055.” You can see the full statement here.
More details about the new plan and the associated funding will be shared over the coming weeks.
For more information, please refer to the media release.
PGG proposal to the Minister for Primary Industries
The TB Plan Review Plan Governance Group (PGG) is pleased to provide the Minister for Primary Industries our Proposal to amend the bovine tuberculosis National Pest Management Plan (the TB Plan) to eradicate bovine tuberculosis (TB) from New Zealand by 2055, with milestones of TB freedom from livestock by 2026 and from possums by 2040.
Download the proposal.
Review of the TB Plan
Since bovine TB hit high levels in the 1990s, huge effort has been put into controlling the disease. Around $1.2b has been spent on TB control since 2000, and it is critical we continue to build on this investment and maintain the low TB rates we see today. There are also large biodiversity gains to be had through the plan’s pest management work.
The plan for controlling TB is currently being reviewed to determine the best approach for the next phase. Farmers are well aware of the risks and potential implications of TB for their animals, business and livelihood.
Who's in the independent group?
The Plan Governance Group (PGG) is managing the review. The members include:
Independent chair and independent member (Chris Kelly and Russ Ballard)
Chief Executives of DairyNZ, Beef+Lamb, Deer Industry NZ and OSPRI (Tim Mackle, Scott Champion, Dan Coup and Michelle Edge) and OSPRI Group Managers (Stu Hutchings and Peter Alsop)
Chair of the Stakeholders' Council (Anders Crofoot)
Ministry of Primary Industries representative (Julie Collins)
March-May 2015: The PGG worked closely with STAG, funders, partner organisations, iwi and relevant government agencies on developing options and consultation materials.
May-June 2015: Detailed information about consultation processes developed and released. Project representatives attended some larger industry events to provide information about progress with the review and consultation opportunities.
June-July 2015: Consultation activities completed. These included opportunities to make written submissions, participate in meetings and workshops around New Zealand and some targeted surveys.
August-September 2015: Analysis of consultation outcomes, preparation of final review proposals and submission of the proposals to the Minister.
October 2015-June 2016: Minister completes the statutory plan review process with a view to implementation on 1 July 2016. A summary of submissions will be made available online.
Government to consider amending national bovine TB Plan (2 October 2015)
Consultation has now closed - Media release (3 August 2015)
Have your say on the future on TB control in New Zealand (23 June 2015)
Letter to stakeholders (February 2015)