Act talks draws 120
At Walton Hall, 120 people came to hear Waikato MP Lindsay Tisch and Fonterra chairman Henry van der Heyden on the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act raw milk regulations.
With submissions due to close people were seeking more clarity and proposal intentions. Grant Wills, who chaired the meeting, emphasised the importance of focusing on the interests of New Zealanders for New Zealand.
Mr Tisch outlined proposal changes such as limiting DIRA milk to independent processors to three years, along with milk collection closer to the supply curve.
These changes resulted from 1524 submissions last spring.
Acknowledging the proposed changes, Mr van der Heyden urged the audience to seek further change to lock in milk collection to the supply curve, reduce the DIRA milk collected by a processor gradually over the three years and ensure that any processor collecting DIRA milk processed it themselves.
To ensure farmers’ sentiments were captured, Mr Tisch was in contact with the Minister of Agriculture within an hour of the meeting’s close.