Tuesday, 19 February 2019 10:55

Feds back wool levy

Written by 
 Feds meat and wool chair Miles Anderson. Feds meat and wool chair Miles Anderson.

In an irony not lost on free-marketers, Federated Farmers — in which farmer membership is voluntary — supports imposing a compulsory levy on all wool growers.

Feds meat and wool council voted last week in favour of a levy on wool producers; but with the proviso that the cross-industry Wool Working Group (WWG) comes up with a “clear, practicable and compelling blueprint for lifting wool’s profile and returns”.

Delegates from the 24 provinces, at a meeting in Wellington, agreed that unless a collaborative plan for wool research, development and marketing is formulated — and widely backed — the death-knell will be heard for New Zealand’s crossbred wool industry.

“Without that plan, we’ve got an industry facing death by a thousand cuts,” Feds meat and wool chair Miles Anderson said. 

“My fear is that the next time there is a downturn in sheep meat prices, we’ll lose a critical amount of breeding stock from the sector and ultimately we could see a hollowing-out of rural economies, with mass tree planting on productive farm land.”

The WWG, comprising representatives of farmers, buyers and major wool product makers, has since last July been laying the groundwork for a strategy aimed at better promotion to consumers of wool.

The WWG met again last Thursday, but already has assurances of Government support for an initial period to set up a governance and staff structure to bed in an industry-agreed plan.

Anderson says Feds vote in favour of a compulsory wool levy, assuming a proven plan and structure, was to show that farming leaders are committed to the cause.

“In the last decade, two earlier farmer votes on a wool levy were not successful for different reasons. But our reading of farmer sentiment is that there is widespread recognition of the need for urgency in the entire sector — farmer through to manufacturer — to get on the same page and win the market share this great fibre deserves.

“But our signal to the Wool Working Group is that if they come up with a workable plan and structure to drive improvements, Federated Farmers will join the push for a referendum to secure a levy to drive progress.”

 

More like this

Wool man launches anti-synthetics petition

Every time you wash synthetic clothes, micro fibres of plastic are washed into the waterways, says Devold Wool Direct general manager and member of the International Wool Textile Board, Craig Smith.

MPI’s behaviour on M. bovis beastly

Farmers affected by Mycoplasma bovis need help and support, but MPI treats them as guilty parties, claims Mid-Canterbury Federated Farmers dairy chair Chris Ford.

Climate change consultation was ‘a farce’

Federated Farmers Waikato president Andrew McGiven believes animal numbers would have to be effectively halved to meet the 2050 target set by the Government's new Zero Carbon Amendment Bill.

 
 

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Nice

Fonterra has copped a fair bit of stick from the Hound over the years. However, on this occasionyour old mate…

No idea

A mate of the Hound reckons it is rather ironic – and totally appropriate – that the failing Australian-owned and controlled…

 
 

» Connect with Rural News