Wool Work­ing Group un­der­way

Waipa Post - - The Country -

The Wool Work­ing Group has met for the first time to dis­cuss how they’ll seize all pos­si­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties to cre­ate a more sus­tain­able and prof­itable sec­tor, Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture Damien O’Con­nor said.

The work­ing group, made up of 20 wool pro­duc­ers, pro­ces­sors and other in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives met this month in Christchurch to con­tinue the mo­men­tum of July’s Wool In­dus­try Sum­mit.

“Around the world con­sumers want al­ter­na­tives to en­vi­ron­men­tally un­friendly syn­thetic fi­bres and it’s up to us to work to­gether to de­liver them nat­u­ral and func­tional wool prod­ucts that are good for con­sumers and good for the world,” said Damien.

“The feed­back I’ve re­ceived is that it was a very pos­i­tive meet­ing. There was unity and a con­struc­tive be­lief in a pos­i­tive path­way for the sec­tor.

“The group will col­lab­o­rate with other play­ers out­side the in­dus­try to get in­de­pen­dent ideas and ex­per­tise.

“The Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries is also work­ing on a dig­i­tal plat­form that will al­low the work­ing group to con­tinue their work in­be­tween meet­ings.

“I’m fo­cused on help­ing the sec­tor get more value for what it pro­duces. If peo­ple see that our prod­ucts are the most sus­tain­ably and eth­i­cally pro­duced in the world then that will help us get more value for what we do,” said Damien.

The work­ing group will de­velop a pan-sec­tor ac­tion plan be­fore the end of the year.

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