A statement released yesterday (17 October) by the Australian Apple and Pear Growers Association (AAPGA) accused the government of allowing political expediency to override the welfare of the nation's agriculture industry. Last week's official approval of the resumption of New Zealand apple imports has provoked much criticism amongst Australian growers in the Goulburn valley, where 90% of the nation's pears and much of its apples are grown, and where there is the most to lose from a potential outbreak of fire blight disease.