The New Zealand Groundspread Fertilisers Association’s new national biosecurity guidelines, preventing the spread of weed and pest diseases, have been welcomed by Federated Farmers’ Mid Canterbury arable chairwoman Joanne Burke.

The guidelines, released last week, included practical advice for farmers and groundspreaders to minimise the risk of spreading unwanted seeds or bacterial disease via fertiliser spreaders.

Mrs Burke said arable farmers, by nature of what they did, were highly aware of biosecurity risks.

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Toni Williams, Otago Daily Times