The apple and stonefruit industry members at the heart of the legal action against MPI over seized plants and plant material have welcomed MPI’s latest announcement, advising the release of 20,000 apple plants and 400 stonefruit plants from containment.
Following MPI’s revised directions issued under s122 of the Biosecurity Act, the affected apple and stonefruit industry group is taking some time to fully review the new directions and the accompanying testing plan.
Apple and stonefruit industry members are waiting on new directives from MPI which will determine the fate of over 48,000 apple and stonefruit trees. The initial directive, issued by MPI under Section 116 of the Biosecurity Act was deemed unlawful by the High Court, sending the parties into discussions regarding alternatives to the initial contain and/or destroy directive.
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