Have your say on changes to improve the National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme

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The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) wants to hear from people with an interest in how the NAIT (National Animal Identification and Tracing) scheme can be improved.

Public consultation opened today for people to give feedback on proposed changes to the NAIT Act 2012 and regulations.

MPI's acting director of biosecurity and animal welfare policy, Dr Andrew Bell, says it is critical New Zealanders have confidence in the effectiveness of the NAIT scheme.

"Mycoplasma bovis has shown how significant and widespread the impact an outbreak of an animal disease can have on the farming sector and our rural communities," he says.

"We have also seen how important it is to have an effective system for tracing the movements of livestock, particularly during a biosecurity response.

"We need to ensure NAIT works properly and continues to do so well into the future."

Earlier this year OSPRI, the organisation that oversees the NAIT scheme, released a review which included a range of recommendations for improving NAIT.

On the back of the review and with learnings from the Mycoplasma bovis response, MPI has proposed changes to the laws that govern NAIT.

"We want to hear what farmers, the industry, and the wider rural community think about these proposed regulatory change, and other suggestions people may have for improving NAIT," Dr Bell says.

NAIT Limited is also making operational improvements to how the NAIT scheme operates.

"MPI has been working with NAIT Limited to strengthen the education, compliance and enforcement of the NAIT scheme."

Public consultation on the proposals begins today and will end on 19 December 2018.

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