Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has the largest possum control area (PCA) programme in New Zealand. There are approximately 400,000 hectares of Hawke’s Bay farmland currently under PCA programmes, with the aim to have a million hectares involved by 2016. And HB farmers are extremely proficient at killing the buggers, keeping our region well under compliance levels.
Something we Belfords have taken advantage of, doing our bit for the export sector.
Well over a dozen Americans are proud and satisfied wearers of possum socks, thanks to the Belford family. Amazingly soft and warm, possum socks are one of our favourite gifts to relatives and friends back in the States. Apart from their creature comfort, they’re light, easy to pack and indestructible!
That’s why we’re thrilled with yesterday’s announcement from the Regional Council …
“An innovative partnership will be trialed between Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, the commercial possum fur recovery industry, and local possum contractors Baytrap Ltd to undertake commercial recovery of possum fur in combination with initial possum control work.
This could result in cost savings of 30-50% for Council’s initial possum control programme and provide product for a growing possum fur market.
Council have accepted a staff proposal to trial an area of approx 10,000 hectares near Mahia Peninsula between January and June next year to test if the commercial recovery proposal can work.
‘By thinking a little differently, we can achieve a better outcome for both the region’s biodiversity and economy. Creating these opportunities is the way of the future, as they allow the Regional Council to achieve more within available resources,’ said Asset management and Biosecurity Council Chairman, Cr Kevin Rose.”
Good on ya Councillor Rose.
Inspired by this initiative, Regional Councillor Scott has inquired into whether Baytrap can expand the program to eradicate yet another annoying pest … trout.
Enthused Councillor Scott: “I say if a program works, replicate it. If we can get rid of the pesky trout in Bay rivers like the Tukituki and Mohaka, then we won’t have to bother ourselves about maintaining river flows or keeping the water clean. And if that works, then we can get Baytrap to target the real nuisance species … environmentalists. I’d like some of their skins myself.”
A stakeholders group is planned to study her proposal.