The Citrus Levy Order will expire in February 2020, and Citrus New Zealand (CNZ) will consult with industry to support renewing the levy order. In the next few weeks, all known citrus growers will be receiving more information about the consultation and referendum process and dates for meetings to enable you to provide feedback.
A discussion paper is being developed, and will be sent to all known citrus growers and other interested parties (such as packhouses and marketers) providing details on the proposed changes to the levy order. This will include information on the proposed biosecurity levy as well (which growers will also be asked to vote on at the same time). Feedback on the discussion papers will be invited by attendance at meetings (to be held in Kerikeri and Gisborne) and also via email or post. Once feedback has been reviewed, a referendum will be held where all citrus growers will have the opportunity to vote on whether they wish to continue the current citrus commodity levy order and implement a biosecurity levy.
Over the past five years grower levies have enabled key activities such as communication, quality assurance, and pest control to be undertaken. Extending the levy will enable this valuable work to continue.
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