Call to vote over citrus levies

GET VOTING: Citrus growers have been invited to vote on the continuation of a citrus commodity levy and a new biosecurity levy. Voting closes at midday on Wednesday, May 1. File picture

The Citrus New Zealand referenda on the continuation of a citrus commodity levy and the new biosecurity levy for all citrus fruit growers has begun.

Citrus growers around the country have been encouraged to cast their vote to make an important decision on the future of the industry organisation and to put in place funding for biosecurity activities.

Citrus NZ chair Wayne Hall said these were two very important decisions for the industry.

“The citrus commodity levy expires early next year and growers are being asked to vote on if they wish to continue the levy on all fresh and processed citrus.

“The progression of New Zealand’s citrus industry depends on the successful outcome of both of these votes. “

Citrus NZ was a progressive and strongly collaborative industry, he said.

The organisation is an incorporated society with over 330 members. It works with Horticulture NZ on issues that affect the citrus industry.

“It brings all players together from growers to post-harvest operators and retailers to have dialogue about our industry and input into where growers levy funds should be invested.

“Citrus NZ exists to sustainably maximise grower productivity and profitability and has a new strategy and focuses on improving quality aspects of our fruit, research and development and export development.”

Mr Hall said Citrus NZ needs levy funds to operate and for the board to continue to serve citrus growers and the wider industry.

“We are also asking growers to vote on if they want to implement a biosecurity levy on all fruit sold.

“This levy is needed to fund readiness activities under the government industry agreements that Citrus NZ is a signature to and is also a crucial decision growers need to vote on before May 1.”

He said biosecurity was fundamental to Citrus NZ’s strategy.

“Citrus NZ’s biosecurity work is focussed on minimising the impacts of exotic pests and diseases on citrus growers and is a signatory to the fruit fly and citrus sector operational agreement.

“The Citrus Sector Operational Agreement enables CNZ and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to undertake readiness and response activities for citrus canker, and citrus greening and its vectors.

“These and other exotic pests and diseases could have a devastating impact on citrus production.”

Mr Hall said the board has determined that now was the time to put in place a Biosecurity Levy to meet these financial obligations.

“Citrus NZ cannot fund readiness and response commitments without the biosecurity levy. Without the levy, Citrus NZ will have to withdraw from operational agreements.

“We strongly encourage all growers, large and small, to have their say and vote before next Wednesday.

“Every grower and every kilogram counts.”

  • Those growers who have not received a ballot paper should contact Citrus NZ on 04 917 7163 or by email info@citrus.co.nz

Voting closes at midday on Wednesday, May 1.

The Citrus New Zealand referenda on the continuation of a citrus commodity levy and the new biosecurity levy for all citrus fruit growers has begun.

Citrus growers around the country have been encouraged to cast their vote to make an important decision on the future of the industry organisation and to put in place funding for biosecurity activities.

Citrus NZ chair Wayne Hall said these were two very important decisions for the industry.

“The citrus commodity levy expires early next year and growers are being asked to vote on if they wish to continue the levy on all fresh and processed citrus.

“The progression of New Zealand’s citrus industry depends on the successful outcome of both of these votes. “

Citrus NZ was a progressive and strongly collaborative industry, he said.

The organisation is an incorporated society with over 330 members. It works with Horticulture NZ on issues that affect the citrus industry.

“It brings all players together from growers to post-harvest operators and retailers to have dialogue about our industry and input into where growers levy funds should be invested.

“Citrus NZ exists to sustainably maximise grower productivity and profitability and has a new strategy and focuses on improving quality aspects of our fruit, research and development and export development.”

Mr Hall said Citrus NZ needs levy funds to operate and for the board to continue to serve citrus growers and the wider industry.

“We are also asking growers to vote on if they want to implement a biosecurity levy on all fruit sold.

“This levy is needed to fund readiness activities under the government industry agreements that Citrus NZ is a signature to and is also a crucial decision growers need to vote on before May 1.”

He said biosecurity was fundamental to Citrus NZ’s strategy.

“Citrus NZ’s biosecurity work is focussed on minimising the impacts of exotic pests and diseases on citrus growers and is a signatory to the fruit fly and citrus sector operational agreement.

“The Citrus Sector Operational Agreement enables CNZ and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to undertake readiness and response activities for citrus canker, and citrus greening and its vectors.

“These and other exotic pests and diseases could have a devastating impact on citrus production.”

Mr Hall said the board has determined that now was the time to put in place a Biosecurity Levy to meet these financial obligations.

“Citrus NZ cannot fund readiness and response commitments without the biosecurity levy. Without the levy, Citrus NZ will have to withdraw from operational agreements.

“We strongly encourage all growers, large and small, to have their say and vote before next Wednesday.

“Every grower and every kilogram counts.”

  • Those growers who have not received a ballot paper should contact Citrus NZ on 04 917 7163 or by email info@citrus.co.nz

Voting closes at midday on Wednesday, May 1.

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