13 Mar 2009

Changes in meat and wool levies

10:28 am on 13 March 2009

Meat & Wool New Zealand is proposing a rise in sheep and beef levies, but a reduction in the wool levy.

Under the Commodity Levies Act, the organisation has to get approval from farmers every five years to renew the levies it places on them.

Meat & Wool's activities range from market development and access to research and farm extension work.

However, proposed changes to core activities include speeding the adoption of technology and information, and reintroducing some limited market development measures for wool.

Chairman Mike Petersen says the full range of activities would require a boost in levies.

He says there will be wide ranging consultation with sheep and beef farmers before they vote on the five-year programme in August.