Act talks draws 120

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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