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Contractor Registration Well Under Way

Contractor Registration Well Under Way

The recently introduced Registered Agricultural Contractor scheme has been well received with over 20 Rural Contractors signing up for the process in the first three weeks.

RACF Executive Director Roger Parton said that the uptake was steady and he expected it to continue at that pace foe sometime. “This is the start of the busy season and contractors’ thoughts are elsewhere at the moment” he said. “However as the farming and lifestyle communities come to understand the benefits of engaging contractors who have been through a registration process, the rate should pick up”.

Contractors seeking to become registered simply apply to the Federation, by phone (0508 787 253) email (Roger[at]rural-contractors.org.nz or download the form from www.rural-contractors.org.nz.

Registration costs $50 and the costs of the Assessor, which will vary depending on location etc.

Mr Parton said that the process is about providing evidence that the contractor is safe to do business with, and giving the farmer confidence that the contractor is meeting all of their compliance requirements, which otherwise can fall onto the farmer.

The first Registered Agricultural Contractor certificate was presented by the Minister of Labour, Hon Ruth Dyson to Bob and Hazel Lee from Marlborough Horticulture in Blenheim, at a small function in early September.

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