11 Sep 2009

Summit meeting called for wool industry

12:37 pm on 11 September 2009

Agriculture Minister David Carter is calling wool sector representatives to Wellington next month to discuss the state of the divided industry and its future direction.

Mr Carter says a continual decline in wool export earnings has to be addressed.

And he says the dumping of the wool levy in a recent referendum by Meat & Wool New Zealand has left the industry in a vulnerable position.

Mr Carter says the implications of not having a national industry-good body acting for it from April next year are serious and need to be urgently dealt with.

He says the potential of the wool sector has been held back by farmer apathy, politicking and patch protection for too long.

Mr Carter says the meeting on 1 October won't be about revisiting past differences.

Wool exporter and farmer representatives have also been working on plans for a summit, to try to get the industry working together again.