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.

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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:

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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.

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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

Do­mes­tic pro­mo­tions

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

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