Nathan Guy fears Labour won’t prioritise eradication of M. bovis

Rural Exchange 17/03/2018

National leader Simon Bridges unveiled his cabinet reshuffle to see the agriculture and biosecurity roles given to the former Minister Nathan Guy.

The agriculture spokesperson joined Hamish McKay at the Central Districts Field Days to discuss his top priorities in his role.  

Mr Guy claimed that he tends to be “a step or two ahead” of his Labour counterpart Damien O’Connor.

When McKay asked Mr Guy on his thoughts on the Government's response to the Mycobacterium bovis outbreak, he said that he believes they’ve been “too slow” on getting compensation to farmers affected.

“They’ve only finally got that money through Cabinet the other day,” Mr Guy said.

They don’t really care about the primary sector too much.

Mr Guy explained that the Government has one chance to eradicate M. bovis, but fears that they won’t prioritise the issue before it’s too late.  

“I’m just not sure there’s a big commitment from this coalition government,” he told RadioLIVE.

He remarked that “there could be an early election” at the rate that the current coalition is going.

“I think time will tell.”

Watch the full interview with Nathan Guy above.

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