Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Keep Dairying's Genetics Database In NZ

Dairy Farmers of New Zealand (DFNZ) believe the outputs of the Dairy Industry's genetics database are an industry good and should not be owned by the Livestock Improvement Corporation as proposed in the Dairy Industry Restructuring Bill.

In a submission to the Primary Production Committee, DFNZ Chairman Charlie Pedersen, said it was common sense to protect New Zealand's intellectual property. "The database, developed by several generations of New Zealand dairy farmers is the envy of all other dairying nations and must not be put at risk."

"Overlapping ownership and access with the service provision of the database must be avoided at all cost because of the conflicts of interest they would involve" said Mr Pedersen. "Separating the ownership of the database outputs from service provision would achieve the desired result without the need for the heavy controls proposed by the Bill."

DFNZ is also pushing for an environment which encourages contestable herd testing without any requirements to meet database needs. Database needs should be funded by Industry Good Inc. There is already a trend among large herd owners away from herd testing on an annual basis and DFNZ believe the Bill is not meeting their need for a cheaper, less comprehensive system.

Mr Pedersen told the committee that the Minister is not the most appropriate authority to undertake the role of determining new market access quota rights.

"DFNZ propose the establishment of an independent body to allocate Quota entitlements," said Mr Pedersen " Government would still maintain ownership of the quota rights but an independent body should handle their allocation."

"Such a body would provide a beneficial level of political independence in the commercially lucrative quota allocation process. It would also ensure that all dairy farmers in New Zealand benefit regardless of which company they supplied."

DFNZ believe dairy farmers should not have to pay an application fee when asking the Commerce Commission to resolve a dispute with the new Co-op.

Mr Pedersen told the committee that it is vital that the Shareholders' Council have substantial endorsement in the Bill. He called for the Bill to be amended to include a requirement that the new Co-op must have a Shareholder Council and that the Council be protected by an entrenched provision in the constitution of the new Co-op.

Mr Pedersen concluded that the Bill is steering the dairy industry in the right direction. Its provisions are basically sound but requires some fine-tuning before the dairy industry can achieve the top performance that it promises.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote. We also acknowledge the men who supported the cause and voted for the Bill to pass.

“Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.

“Aotearoa New Zealand has a female Prime Minister, we have women in cabinet. And I’m here as Acting Minister because the Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter is on maternity leave. New Zealand is a good place to be a woman!” More>>

 
 

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

'Post-Settlement Era': Māori Crown Agency To Be Established

Cabinet has approved the final scope of the Māori Crown portfolio and agreed to establish an agency to oversee Government’s work with Māori in a post-settlement era, announced Crown/ Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Military Roles In Iraq & Afghanistan

The politics of the deployment extension have degenerated into a slanging match about whether the previous National government was right or wrong to make the initial commitment to Iraq – and whether the extension is a responsible thing given our joint training role in Iraq with Australia, or is hypocritical in the light of prior statements made by a previous Labour leader... More>>

ALSO:

Commissioner To Be Appointed: Govt To Dismiss Board Of Whitireia And WelTec

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to Whitireia and WelTec to address the two polytechnics’ financial woes. More>>

ALSO:

Open Government Action Plan: Government To Proactively Release Cabinet Papers

The Cabinet papers will be released no later than 30 business days after a Cabinet decision. This process will be in place for Cabinet papers lodged from 1 January 2019... More>>

ALSO:

NZ Initiative: Evidence Of "Huge" Government Waste

It is not so much that spending is being literally wasted. Rather the best performing countries are achieving much better outcomes relative to their spending. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels