Grow­ers vote to con­tinue potato levy

Elec­tionz.com has re­ported an in­terim re­sult of 82.35% of grow­ers vot­ing for the pro­posed Pota­toes New Zealand Inc. (PNZ) Levy from the votes re­ceived to date.

NZ Grower - - Product Groups - CHRIS CLAR­IDGE | Chief Ex­ec­tive | Pota­toes NZ Inc.

PNZ has un­der­taken con­sid­er­able ef­fort dur­ing the cur­rent levy pe­riod to en­sure that the levy col­lected has been spent on ac­tiv­i­ties that add value to the grower and rep­re­sent an in­vest­ment and not a cost.

Potato grow­ers have given a man­date for Pota­toes NZ to con­tinue its work for them.

Elec­tionz.com re­ported a fi­nal re­sult of 81.69% of grow­ers vot­ing for the pro­posed Pota­toes New Zealand Inc. A to­tal of 71 votes were re­ceived from the 173 el­i­gi­ble potato grow­ers rep­re­sent­ing a vot­ing per­cent­age of 41.04%.

Pota­toes New Zealand is pleased to be able to re­quest of the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries on be­half of potato grow­ers the con­tin­u­a­tion of the PNZ com­mod­ity levy for the 2019-2025 pe­riod.

The vote is also recorded on “weighted” vote based on gross sales val­ues. When ad­justed to re­flect the value of the vote cast 88.56% vot­ing in favour of the pro­posed levy. This means al­most 90% of the votes based on sales value wanted a con­tin­u­a­tion of the com­mod­ity levy

PNZ has un­der­taken con­sid­er­able ef­fort dur­ing the cur­rent levy pe­riod to en­sure that the levy col­lected has been spent on ac­tiv­i­ties that add value to the grower and rep­re­sent an in­vest­ment and not a cost. It is there­fore pleas­ing to hear that this is sup­ported by the con­tin­u­a­tion of the levy. PNZ will con­tinue unashamedly to fo­cus on de­riv­ing and re­port­ing value from the grower funds col­lected. We ac­knowl­edge that grow­ers’ funds should wher­ever pos­si­ble be spent to achieve max­i­mum re­turn.

The wide­spread sup­port re­ceived from grow­ers dur­ing the levy con­sul­ta­tion process of the PNZ Strat­egy and business plan means that PNZ is a strong po­si­tion to act ac­cord­ing to grower wishes over the next levy pe­riod. Feed­back from grow­ers dur­ing the levy con­sul­ta­tion process fo­cused on com­pli­ance, li­cense to farm and tan­gi­ble re­turns from the re­search and de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme. Hav­ing heard from grow­ers, ac­tiv­ity by PNZ over next levy pe­riod will fo­cus on demon­stra­ble re­turns from re­search and de­vel­op­ment; and prof­itable potato farm­ing given com­pli­ance re­quire­ments.

On a per­sonal note I would like to thank the staff of PNZ for their hard work dur­ing the levy vote pe­riod and the on­go­ing sup­port and com­mit­ment of the chair­man Stu­art Wright and the board of PNZ.

▴ Pota­toes NZ chair­man Stu­art Wright.

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