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Overseas buyers leave NZ in frustration

Friday 11th Feb 2000
Owen Jennings
Media Release -- Other

The Minister of Agriculture has given a timely warning to the apple industry regarding the independence of the exports consents committee. His remarks apply directly to ENZA who are abusing their position and putting the integrity of the committee at risk, says ACT rural affairs spokesman Owen Jennings.

"ENZA should desist from frustrating the consent committee's processes and picking on some consent applicants in an unjustifiable manner. Their short-sighted and vindictive actions are reprehensible and ought to be condemned by the Minister more directly.

"The apple industry as a whole will suffer from these lost opportunities as buyers are moving to Chile and elsewhere to source urgently needed fruit. There is concrete evidence that buyers from Europe who prefer New Zealand apples are leaving here in frustration unable to obtain supplies. At least two important buyers have gone directly to Chile to write contracts.

"New Zealand growers at risk financially from ENZA's poor performance last year cannot cope with this loss of opportunity," Mr Jennings said.

Contact Owen Jennings 025424933 or Kathryn Asare 04 4706637 .

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

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