Work ongoing to enhance traceability framework

Date 17 April 2019

OSPRI is ready to support the next phase of work to develop and enhance the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) system.

As the management agency for the NAIT programme, OSPRI plays a key role in New Zealand’s livestock traceability and biosecurity framework.

OSPRI Chief Executive Stephen Stuart says, “The Government’s release of proposed law changes to the NAIT Act is another positive step towards creating an animal tracing scheme that keeps our primary sector and economy safe and is fit for the future.

“We will be working closely with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to ensure any final changes are communicated well in advance to farmers and other stakeholders who may be affected.”

OSPRI is making good progress addressing the key operational recommendations identified in the NAIT Review and is actively working to improve usability of the NAIT system.

OSPRI continues to work with MPI to improve NAIT compliance. Central to this has been an increased focus on educating farmers about their obligations and how to use the system.

Background and key information
You can read more about the proposed changes to improve the NAIT scheme, including a summary of submissions, on the MPI website.