Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Wrapping up 2011
The focus on building the country’s economy is behind the Government’s decision to bring the primary industries together in a primary sector ‘super Ministry’. The Ministry for Primary Industries – incorporating agriculture, biosecurity, forestry, fishing and aquaculture – makes sense.
I’m delighted to be appointed New Zealand’s first Minister for Primary Industries. I also welcome my colleague Nathan Guy as Associate Minister.
Looking ahead, my focus in 2012 will continue to be water and biosecurity.
Water is one of New Zealand’s greatest competitive advantages, but we are not making the most of it. Developing water storage and irrigation has huge potential to unlock economic growth.
I will also continue to work closely with industry to ensure our biosecurity system works more efficiently.
2012 is going to be another busy year. I wish you all the very best for the festive season.