The Beef + Lamb NZ (B+LNZ) board has supported in principle the farmer remit put to its annual meeting by Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) in Feilding last month.
The board had its first meeting since the annual meeting in Christchurch on Wednesday. Chairman James Parsons says the directors recognised the support farmers had given to the MIE Group remit requesting financial support for its efforts to reform the red meat sector.
“We have taken on board the majority view of farmers who voted. It will be important now for MIE to shape up a funding application and business plan that levy funds can support.”
Another farmer remit – from the Wool Levy Review Group that remaining Meat & Wool NZ wool levies from before 2010 are used to prepare a referendum proposal for a wool levy under the Commodity Levies Act – was also supported by the board.
Parsons said it should be noted that the two remit actions, from MIE and the Wool Levy Review Group are at every different stages of development.
“The wool levy action is well down the track and it was quite clear what farmers were asking B+LNZ to fund. By comparison, MIE’s remit was very high level and B+LNZ will now work with MIE as they develop a more detailed plan and, importantly, one that B+LNZ can fund.
“To be clear, the board recognises the farmer support for MIE through the recent vote. What we must understand and agree on now is how levies would be invested.”