Domestic bio-terrorism Government Department limits liability to PSA
Kiwifruit growers eager to move ahead with Govt plan
Kiwifruit growers have shown strong support for a $50 million plan to fight a bacterial disease threatening the $1.5 billion industry.
Biosecurity Minister David Carter said yesterday $25 million would be provided by the Government to fund an "urgent, aggressive strategy" subject to a dollar-for-dollar match from the industry.
Ummmmmm, isn't $25 million a bit of a bullshit payout to the industry? MAF have admitted that they spread contaminated pollen infected with PSA but claimed that there is no science that shows contaminated pollen is a vector for PSA. That sounds like bullshit, contaminated pollen has been a proven vector for bacterial disease stretching back to 1881 with fireblight in this country.
MAF spread contaminated pollen infected with PSA, claim contaminated pollen isn't a vector and tell the industry they'll pay a measly $25 million for unleashing it. Since when the hell did MAF operate as a domestic bio-terrorism cell and since when the hell did the media just accept what MAF have to say without challenging it?
I'm more surprised at the incompetence of the media than I am of MAF.