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Call for new dairy deal

Gavan Herlihy

Opposition Agriculture Spokesperson

Sunday 26 March 2000

Call for new dairy deal

National Agriculture spokesperson Gavan Herlihy said today he was disappointed New Zealand dairy farmers have been denied the opportunity the mega-merger would have offered to improve their cash-flows.

"It has been apparent in recent weeks that the two big companies have had different agendas for the future structure of the dairy industry.

"With the Dairy Group now having a majority share of New Zealand's milk but not being able to exercise that dominant position in the Dairy Board, structural change isinevitable.

"Now that dairy leaders have opted not to go down the mega-merger route, I call on them to advance their plans for the future.

"To reduce commercial uncertainty for the dairy industry and to build on its status as New Zealand's No. 1 industry, industry leaders must quickly develop and put before farmers and Government their alternative to the now defunct mega-merger," Mr Herlihy says.

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