Commodity levy

The strawberry industry is talking with growers about a proposal for a commodity levy on fresh strawberries.

Currently Strawberry Growers New Zealand is a voluntarily funded incorporated society.   We are keen as an industry to make sure there is a successful future for New Zealand strawberries by providing stronger support and a “voice” for strawberry growers.   To fund the activities needed to represent the strawberry growers successfully the industry is proposing applying for a commodity levy under the Commodity Levies Act.

Having security of funding will enable growers to have access to knowledge and information specific to the industry.   Examples of the type of work that is proposed to be funded by a levy include:

  • research projects on strawberry pest control and environmental management;
  • export market access;
  • biosecurity;
  • advocacy with government on behalf of the strawberry industry.   

It will also provide the ability to address industry-wide issues and opportunities that can be difficult and time consuming on an individual basis.   

To get the necessary tools to collectively represent strawberry growers at a national and international level, the industry is proposing applying for a commodity levy under the Commodity Levies Act.   That work cannot occur without grower support for the levy.

It’s important all strawberry growers take the opportunity to have a say on this proposal and SGNZ are providing several ways for growers to do this.  SGNZ ward representatives are available to discuss the proposal and gather feedback.   The ward representatives are:

Auckland Ward

Anthony Rakich

Peter McIntyre

John Garelja

027 227 3375

021 858 257

0274 822 334

anthony@bestberries.co.nz

peter@springwood.co.nz

garbros@clear.net.nz

Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Darien McFadden

027 7463165

darien@strawberryfields.org.nz

Central

Tony Boswell

027 6355 304

manager@windermerefarms.co.nz

Southern

Alan Warren

027 4333218

warrenaf@xtra.co.nz

 

Further information and details about the proposal are available in this document: “The case for a strawberry commodity levy” (download it here).

If you have questions please contact us or a member of the SGNZ Executive Board.