Farm­ers urged to vote

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

As this year’s Fon­terra elec­tions roll around farm­ers are urged to have their say.

The an­nual elec­tions will have three va­can­cies up for grabs.

Three of the board mem­bers will re­tire by ro­ta­tion but only two have re-ap­plied mean­ing there will be at least one new face.

Fon­terra share­hold­ers coun­cil­lor Ian Brown said it is im­por­tant farm­ers have their say.

‘‘It is vi­tal that share­hold­ers take the re­spon­si­bil­ity to make an in­formed decision that ben­e­fits us now and the next gen­er­a­tion of Fon­terra Farm­ers in years to come.

‘‘ Vot­ing in the Fon­terra elec­tions is farm­ers’ key con­trol right and it is im­por­tant that we not only ex­er­cise this right but do so in the best in­ter­ests of all share­hold­ers.’’

There are six di­rec­tor can­di­dates in­clud­ing South Waikato farmer Gray Bald­win.

The other five are Leonie Guiney, David MacLeod, John Mon­aghan, Garry Reymer and Grant Rowan.

Brown said in­for­ma­tion on the vot­ing process and the can­di­dates has been dis­trib­uted to el­i­gi­ble share­hold­ers.

And now the aim is to en­cour­age them to vote.

‘‘Some­times its 60 or 70 per cent and some­times less. We re­ally want 80 plus per cent; it’s just mak­ing farm­ers aware of the need to vote.’’

‘‘With more than 50 per cent of to­tal Fon­terra votes held by share­hold­ers who sup­ply less than 200,000kg of milk solids an­nu­ally all farm­ers need to know that their vote counts,’’ Brown said.

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