Horticulture code gets approval
PEAK horticulture group Growcom welcomed the Australian Government response to the independent review of the Horticulture Code of Conduct from 2015.
Chief advocate Rachel Mackenzie said the government response proposed a range of reforms to enhance transparency and accountability in transactions between growers and wholesalers while at the same time enabling more flexibility in individual transactions.
“Growcom was heavily involved in consultations and discussions relating to the new Horticulture Code of Conduct,” Ms Mackenzie said.
“Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Anne Ruston should be commended for her efforts in working with a range of stakeholders to develop a more workable code.
“Growcom was very pleased that government has supported recommendations made by the review to include civil penalties and infringement notices.”
She said the move would give the ACCC more power to deal with breaches to the code.
She said Growcom had yet to see the amended code and there were details still to be worked on, but overall the group believed the reforms to be sensible and balanced.