Friday, 04 September 2020 06:22

Ag ignored?

Written by  Milking It

OPINION: Despite the rhetoric from the government about agriculture leading the post-Covid recovery, our primary industries seem to be out of the loop when it comes to the Covid response.

When Auckland was thrown back into Level 3 lockdown, the super city’s borders became completely unworkable for those working in horticulture and agriculture. Animal welfare issues quickly arose as farmers were unable to get a vet across the border without a five-day wait for an exemption; stock couldn’t be fed; 2.5 million bees starved to death; freight movements were held up for hours at the overwhelmed road blocks.

If agriculture or its Minister genuinely had a seat at the Covid-response planning table, this level of operational detail – which health officials seem ignorant of – might have been sorted out in advance.

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