Eradicating M. bovis ‘not gonna happen overnight’ - Damien O’Connor

Rural Exchange 10/03/2018

While entire country nervously waits for MPI’s verdict on M. bovis eradication, some farmers want to know what’s going to happen to the original sources of the cattle disease.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor joined Sarah Perriam at the 2018 Wanaka A&P Show in the cattle pens to talk on the focus to eradicate M. bovis.

Two infection centres that have caused the spread have been identified in Southland and South Canterbury.

“If people brought it in by cutting across the regulations or not adhering to them, then there are consequences,” he said.

He assured that MPI will follow through with anyone in the agri-sector who doesn’t abide by the rules.

But in the meantime, the Agriculture Minister said that stamping M. bovis out of the country remains MPI’s top priority.

“We hopefully can round this thing up and eradicate it. It’s not going to happen overnight and there’s a lot of work to be done.”

Watch the full interview with Damien O’Connor above.

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