Saturday, December 2, 2023

Vote favours levy

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Summerfruit growers have voted overwhelmingly to renew their commodity levy.
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The levy will pay for biosecurity, crop protection, export market access and other industry good activities. 

The vote was 84% in favour of the levy with 53% of those ellible voting. Levies provide more than two-thirds of Summerfruit NZ’s funding.

“This outcome is a strong and welcome endorsement of Summerfruit NZ and the work we have done over the last 25 years,” chairman Tim Jones said. 

“We have worked very hard to create a profitable and sustainable industry for our growers and this outcome shows that they appreciate what we’ve done and what they know we can achieve in the future.

“Our voter turnout was higher than we have recorded before and was also higher than most other primary sector groups have achieved over the last couple of years. This reflects the level of engagement we have with our growers.”

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