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Meat Industry In Farmers Hands

MEDIA STATEMENT FROM THE MEAT INDUSTRY ACTION GROUP [MIAG]
21 August 2008

Meat Industry In Farmers Hands


MIAG’s objective is the formation of a farmer controlled, market led, National Champion – a company that has 80% of red meat procurement, processing and marketing to get the critical mass needed to improve farmer returns.


The Meat Industry Action Group (MIAG) is holding a series of meetings throughout New Zealand to explain the resolutions it will put forward to the shareholders of two major farming co-operatives - Silver Fern Farmers and Alliance Group Limited.

MIAG spokesman John Gregan says it is crucial for the industry to approve a process to achieve meat industry consolidation.

“Farmers need to hear an unbiased view of where the industry should go. It is imperative that shareholders of both cooperatives have a complete understanding of the issues the meat industry faces so that they can make a more informed decision,” he says.

“Whatever option the shareholders choose could determine the future of our industry forever so we are challenging farmers to take ownership of these issues so that they and following generations have a secure future,” he added.

The first meting is in Blenheim on Sunday 24 August.

A schedule of meetings can be found below.

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M.I.A.G
(Meat Industry Action Group Inc)


SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS

Sunday 24 August – Woodbourne Tavern, Blenheim at 7pm

Monday 25 August – Greta Valley Café & Bar at 10.30am

Monday 25 August – Tai-Tapu Hall at 3pm

Monday 25 August - Ashburton Hotel at 7pm

Tuesday 26th August - Fairlie Rugby Club at 10.30am

Tuesday 26th August - Kurow Hotel at 2pm

Tuesday 26th August - Kingsgate Brydone Oamaru at 7pm

Wednesday 27th August – Rosebank Lodge, Balclutha at 1.30pm

Wednesday 27th August – James Cumming Wing, Gore at 7pm

Thursday 28th August – Top Pub (Garden Bar), Winton at 1.30pm

Thursday 28th August – Mossburn Community Centre at 7pm

Friday 29th August – Alexandra District Club at 1.30pm

 Dates for the North Island meetings will be confirmed shortly.


ENDS

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