November 16, 2020
On-farm culture change wins Miraka biosecurity award
Māori-owned dairy-processing company Miraka has won the New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award for boosting biosecurity awareness and culture change on-farm.
Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor says the awards acknowledge how the economy including the food and fibre sectors and tourism are underpinned by a strong biosecurity system.
Taupō-based Miraka created an extensive course, Te Ara Miraka, to teach suppliers about employment relations, health and safety, environmental stewardship, prosperity and food safety standards.
In 2017 it identified biosecurity was missing from the programme after it took part in a sector foot and mouth disease scenario, so it worked with Primary ITO and other parties to establish an industry-available and NZQA-funded farm owner/management training short course.
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