Update on NAIT timeframes and pest control operations

With a move to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 across most of the country this week, we wanted to provide you with an update on our NAIT and TBFree programmes and what you can expect from us at the moment.

We have further extended NAIT reporting timeframes to give farmers some breathing room especially if continuing to face delays with transporters and meat processing. After an initial two-week extension, we have now pushed the following timeframes out to Thursday 16 September: 

  • Time to register as a person in charge of animals (PICA) or PICA delegate extends from 48 hours to five business days. 
  • Declaration of an animal movement extends from 48 hours to five business days. Tag and register requirements still apply. 
  • Animal exit declaration extends from 48 hours to five business days. 
  • If receiving untagged animals, the timeframe to tag the animal extends from 48 hours to five business days. 

Now that most of the country has moved to Alert Level 3, we are able to restart ground control operations. We are also preparing to get some critical aerial operations underway as soon as possible. With any aerial operation, close contact is required, and staff and our contractors come from multiple regions, so we must consider the logistics and our obligations to ensure our contractors can safely undertake the work. 

We will provide a further update on any changes to our operations and work if there is any change to alert levels next week.