Growers asked to vote on levy
Under the Commodity Levies Act, every six years commodity levies expire and growers have the opportunity to vote on whether the organisation(s) which represent them are returning value.
In 2013 onion growers voted to create an onions commodity levy, in May 2019 this will expire. It is time to evaluate the value of Onions New Zealand and vote on whether to continue funding Onions New Zealand for a further six years. The commodity levy is the main funding mechanism for Onions New Zealand and is currently set at $2.50/ tonne for domestic, process onions and export onions.
In April growers will receive greater information about the vote and proposed activities, but in short this is what the board of Onions New Zealand is proposing to onion growers:
To maintain the maximum amount that the commodity levy can be set at $4/tonne (it is currently set at $2.50 and can only be amended at an AGM or special general meeting). 2.
3. To maintain the current list of activities together with the addition of biosecurity (for readiness activities such as surveillance and small incursions). The proposed list of activities that the levy can be used for are:
Biosecurity (additional activity) Research
Market access and intelligence Communications
Grower representation Day-to-day administration.
To amend the wording in the levy order to require collection agents to maintain contact details specifically, the addition of phone numbers and email addresses. THE TIMELINE FROM HERE IS
Business Manager Onions NZ