Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Ministers sound warning on wool research funding

Tuesday, 26 September 2000 Media Statement

Ministers sound warning on wool research funding


Sheep farmers will put the future of their industry at risk if they accept a proposal to cut levy funding for wool processing research, say the ministers of agriculture and science.

The McKinsey report includes a proposal to reduce levy funding for wool processing research and development from $3.5 million to $2 million a year.

"This proposal assumes that wool processing companies will take more responsibility for this research, rather than sheep farmers," said Minister of Agriculture Jim Sutton and Minister of Research, Science and Technology Pete Hodgson.

"There is no certainty that this will happen. Processors may decide to move to competing fibres whose producers demonstrate a greater commitment to ongoing improvement."

"The Government will not use taxpayer funds to compensate for reduced R&D investment by the wool industry. Such a well-established industry cannot reasonably expect the Government even to maintain its investment if it reduces its own commitment to R&D."

"Sheep farmers will be seriously short-sighted if they do not ensure off-farm R&D is sustained to ensure the market value of their product. Even a temporary reduction in industry funding for wool processing R&D could significantly disrupt long-term R&D programmes.

"The industry cannot afford to take this risk. Consumer confidence in the products of their industry could decline very quickly if processing technologies do not continue to keep pace with changing consumer demands and expectations.

"There is plenty of demand for the public funds available for R&D. The Government wants to work with those that have a belief in their own industry. If the wool industry cannot demonstrate that it believes in its own future, it can hardly expect others to support it."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news