Wellbeing Budget 2021

Securing
Our Recovery

Budget Initiatives

Agriculture, Biosecurity, Fisheries and Food Safety

Accelerating Agricultural Climate Change Research and On-Farm Emissions Mitigation

This initiative will accelerate and increase agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation research and development in high-impact areas including vaccine development, methane and nitrous oxide inhibitors, low-emissions animal breeding, and soil carbon enhancement. More research in these areas is needed to increase options available to cost-effectively reduce emissions on-farm, providing tools for the agricultural sector to meet methane and other greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Agriculture, Biosecurity,
Fisheries and Food Safety
4.000 3.000 3.000 3.000 13.000 -
Business, Science and Innovation 2.000 3.000 3.000 3.000 11.000 -

Accelerating the Delivery of a National Integrated Farm Planning System to New Zealand's Farmers and Growers

This initiative provides funding to accelerate delivery of a national integrated farm planning system in partnership with industry and the regional sectors. It will support a career pathway scheme for farm advisors, an integrated farm planning accelerator fund, data and tools for farmers to develop plans, and the ongoing development of the integrated farm planning framework. Building on the existing industry assurance programmes and regional farm planning systems will ensure up to 40,000 farmers and growers have access to effective farm planning to improve on-farm performance and meet freshwater and greenhouse gas regulatory requirements by 2025.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Agriculture, Biosecurity,
Fisheries and Food Safety
5.642 12.950 10.858 7.765 37.215 -

Biosecurity Screening for Increasing Mail Volumes and Advanced Screening Technology at the New Auckland Mail Centre

This initiative will fund additional biosecurity officers, new 3D scanners and advanced data systems for the new Auckland mail processing centre being built by New Zealand Post. This will strengthen the management of increasing mail pathway biosecurity risks and automate and improve the biosecurity screening at the new centre.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Agriculture, Biosecurity,
Fisheries and Food Safety
1.827 2.602 2.282 2.139 8.850 -

Continuing Production of Agricultural Production Statistics for Domestic and International GDP and Greenhouse Gas Reporting

This initiative provides funding to produce agricultural production statistics. The statistics provide information that is used to inform trade negotiations, policy development, economic forecasting, and to meet domestic and international reporting requirements. Over time, the information allows trends to be identified and acted on, such as progress towards greenhouse gas reduction goals and environmental performance and informs planning decisions on New Zealand land.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Agriculture, Biosecurity,
Fisheries and Food Safety
0.090 0.600 0.100 0.110 0.900 -

Continuing the Mycoplasma Bovis Eradication Programme

This initiative continues the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) eradication programme. The funding will cover surveillance testing across dairy and beef herds, restricting animal movements where there is a risk of infection, culling herds where there are confirmed cases, compensating farmers for losses attributed to regulatory actions, and supporting affected farmers and families through the process. It will also fund the design and transition to a long-term surveillance programme to provide evidence that the disease is no longer present in New Zealand.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Agriculture, Biosecurity,
Fisheries and Food Safety
66.080 - - - 66.080 -

Funding to Maintain Primary Industry Compliance and Enforcement of the National Animal Identification and Tracing Scheme

This initiative will enable the Ministry for Primary Industries to continue its enforcement of the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) Act 2012 by maintaining existing analytical capability to support the current workforce of compliance officers, legal, management, analysis and coordination capability. The initiative aims to achieve and maintain greater levels of legislative compliance in order to ensure the national animal tracing system is reliable and supports the programme to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Agriculture, Biosecurity,
Fisheries and Food Safety
5.629 5.629 5.629 5.629 22.516 -

Hectors and Maui Dolphin Threat Management Plan: Camera Monitoring

This funding provides for camera monitoring on fishing vessels in high-risk areas for Hectors and Maui dolphins. Of the total $6.879 million agreed in June 2020, $6.629 million was charged against the Between-Budget Contingency and $0.250 million was pre-committed against the Multi-Year Capital Allowance.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Agriculture, Biosecurity,
Fisheries and Food Safety
- - - - - 0.250

Maintaining Essential Border Biosecurity Capacity

Temporary funding enables the Ministry for Primary Industries to continue essential biosecurity border services. These services are experiencing significant revenue reductions due to COVID-19 international travel restrictions. MPI has mitigated the loss of revenue by temporarily redeploying staff and reducing other support costs. Temporary financial support to retain core biosecurity capability will enable New Zealand's borders to immediately reopen when it is safe to do so, while helping ensure that New Zealand's biodiversity and primary industries are protected from biosecurity incursions.

Funded from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Agriculture, Biosecurity,
Fisheries and Food Safety
- - - - - 25.000

Protecting and Preserving Kauri, New Zealand's Iconic Taonga

This initiative provides funding to manage the threat of kauri dieback to New Zealand's iconic kauri trees and buy time while seeking a cure by containing the disease. It will finalise and implement a Kauri Protection National Pest Management Plan under the Biosecurity Act 1993, which will build on, and enhance, the work of existing kauri programmes and provide a national, prioritised and managed response to kauri dieback, while there is still an opportunity to contain the disease.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Agriculture, Biosecurity,
Fisheries and Food Safety
8.000 8.000 8.000 4.000 28.000 -
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