Hor­ti­cul­ture law change

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

The Government wants to hear pub­lic views by Fe­bru­ary 15 on pos­si­ble law changes to the Hor­ti­cul­ture Ex­port Author­ity Act.

The act en­ables hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­tries to vol­un­tar­ily and jointly fund ac­tiv­i­ties that sup­port suc­cess­ful ex­port­ing, the Pri­mary In­dus­tries Min­istry said. Ac­tiv­i­ties cov­ered in­clude mar­ket­ing, pro­mo­tion and qual­ity as­sur­ance.

A re­cent re­view of the act shows it is pop­u­lar with small ex­port-based hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­tries.

But op­tions have been iden­ti­fied to make it more use­ful and ef­fi­cient, and pos­si­bly re­duce com­pli­ance costs.

Feed­back is wanted on four key ar­eas – en­abling dif­fer­ent mar­kets to have dif­fer­ent pro­grammes, clar­i­fy­ing en­try and exit pro­ce­dures, ques­tion­ing whether li­cence ap­pli­ca­tion as­sess­ment cri­te­ria are ad­e­quate, and ques­tion­ing whether en­force­ment and penalty pro­vi­sions are ad­e­quate.

Ex­port earn­ings for in­dus­tries cur­rently us­ing the act to­talled $264.6 mil­lion in 2012.

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