Parliament

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

 

Bovine TB slaughter levy increases

Media Statement
2 September 2001

Bovine TB slaughter levy increases


The maximum rate of the cattle slaughter levy will rise from tomorrow (September 3), Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton said today.

Mr Sutton said he supported a proposal from the Animal Health Board to increase the maximum rate of the cattle slaughter levy to fund bovine tuberculosis control.

An amendment to the biosecurity order providing for the cattle slaughter levy was notified in the Gazette on 2 August 2001. The maximum allowable rate of levy has increased from $10 per head to $15 per head on adult cattle slaughtered in licensed premises. The Animal Health Board will collect $14+GST per head from 3 September 2001.

The Animal Health Board, the management agency for the national TB strategy, is an incorporated society. Its members include organisations representing the collective interests of beef, dairy and deer farmers, and local government.

Mr Sutton said the extra funding from the levy would allow the board to implement an expansion of possum control programmes to eradicate TB from cattle and deer herds.

"Despite excellent progress in reducing the number of infected herds in recent years, the TB problem has continued to expand into previously clear areas, especially in Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Tasman and Nelson."

"Because possums spread TB, the expansion of possum control operations is urgently needed to reverse this trend."

The increase in the levy follows government agreement to increase funding for AHB operations to around $33.5 million (GST inclusive) per year from 1 July 2001.

The New Zealand Dairy Board and New Zealand Game Industry Board also agreed to increase their funding for TB control from 1 July.

Mr Sutton said he had given careful consideration to farmer submissions before agreeing to the levy increase.

"I am aware there is some opposition to the new maximum rate of levy, especially from TB free areas such as Northland. But TB exposes all cattle and deer farmers in New Zealand to the risk of losing high value overseas markets for their products. Therefore, for the time being, I consider that the industry share funding should be raised on a national rather than a regional basis."

Mr Sutton said a board of inquiry would be appointed soon to consider the significant issues in the Animal Health Board's new strategy.

People who made submissions on the proposal will shortly be advised by MAF of the opportunity to be heard by the inquiry. They will also be provided with a summary of the 94 submissions received on the Animal Health Board's proposal.


ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour Refusing To Lead A Progressive Drugs Policy

Once again, Labour has chosen not to use (a) its parliamentary majority and (b) the huge mandate it was given at the last election in order to (c) bring about progressive social change. Once again, Labour seems to regard its main purpose for being in power as being to keep National and Act out of power. Will Labour for instance, overhaul our out-dated, unsafe, and unjust laws on drugs? No, it will not... More>>

 

Climate Change: Emissions Report Shows Urgent Action Needed

Every part of Government will need to take urgent action to bring down emissions, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today in response to the recent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. The latest annual inventory of New ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: The Duke Of Edinburgh

9 April 2021 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today expressed New Zealand’s sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time. On behalf of the New ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Delivers Next Phase Of Climate Action

The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transition away from fossil fuels. This is the first ... More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>

ALSO:

Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

World Travel: New Zealand Temporarily Suspending Travel From India - PM Jacinda Ardern

Travel into New Zealand from India - including for New Zealand citizens and residents - is being temporarily suspended because of high numbers of Covid-19 cases. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels