Hor­ti­cul­ture holds re­duced levy

Hor­ti­cul­ture grow­ers voted to keep the levy at its cur­rent rate, at the Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing in Christchurch last month.

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“Last year, we pro­posed re­duc­ing the levy by 0.01% to 0.14% (14c per $100 of sales) and this year, we rec­om­mended main­tain­ing that rate,” Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand Board chair­man Ju­lian Raine says.

“Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand’s fi­nan­cial per­for­mance, with pru­dent cost con­trols, has en­abled the board to rec­om­mend re­tain­ing the lower levy rate.”

Com­mer­cial fruit and vegetable grow­ers cov­ered by Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand are legally re­quired un­der the Com­mod­ity Le­vies (Vegeta­bles and Fruit) Or­der 2013 to pay a levy on the sale of those fruit and vegeta­bles grown in New Zealand. The max­i­mum levy rate is 15 cents per $100 of sales.

“The board has con­ducted a re­view to de­velop an op­er­a­tions re­serves pol­icy, which was tabled and ap­proved at the AGM,” Mr Raine says.

“This is to build and main­tain an ad­e­quate level of funds to sup­port Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand’s day-to-day op­er­a­tions should un­fore­seen events cause short­falls in fund­ing. The re­serves are to cover one fi­nan­cial year’s com­mit­ments.”

Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand’s An­nual Re­port for the 201718 fi­nan­cial year was tabled at the AGM, re­port­ing on the work the or­gan­i­sa­tion has done to meet the strat­egy set by the board. >

“Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand’s vi­sion is, Healthy food for all for­ever. It is a sim­ple con­cept, but be­hind it lies a lot of work to en­sure rights to grow; ac­cess to land, wa­ter and peo­ple; good biose­cu­rity poli­cies; and bet­ter mar­ket ac­cess for ex­ports,” Mr Raine says.

Mr Raine also ad­vised the AGM that the board would be ap­point­ing an as­so­ciate di­rec­tor, as a de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity for a fu­ture leader to join the HortNZ board in a non-vot­ing role, and spoke about the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s new di­ver­sity pol­icy.

ABOUT THE HOR­TI­CUL­TURE CON­FER­ENCE 2018

The Hor­ti­cul­ture Con­fer­ence 2018, was held at the Air Force Mu­seum, Wi­gram, Christchurch last month. It is the con­fer­ence of Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand, New Zealand Ap­ples & Pears, Vegeta­bles New Zealand Inc., Process Vegeta­bles New Zealand, and To­ma­toes New Zealand Inc. In ad­di­tion to con­fer­ence ses­sions there are in­dus­try ex­hibitors show­ing the lat­est tools of the trade.

“Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand's vi­sion is, Healthy food for all for­ever. It is a sim­ple con­cept, but be­hind it lies a lot of work to en­sure rights to grow; ac­cess to land, wa­ter and peo­ple; good biose­cu­rity poli­cies; and bet­ter mar­ket ac­cess for ex­ports”

Mr Raine says.

The con­fer­ence was made pos­si­ble with sup­port from Plat­inum spon­sor Count­down; Gold spon­sors T&G Global, Plant & Food Re­search and United Fresh New Zealand Inc; Sil­ver spon­sor Jenk­ins Fresh­pac Sys­tems; and Bronze spon­sors Ze­spri, Cravo, MG Mar­ket­ing, Adama, Rabobank, Fruit Lo­gis­tica; Yarra New Zealand, Hill Lab­o­ra­to­ries, Crys­tal Pay­roll, Pri­mary ITO, AsureQual­ity, and Chep.

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