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Victoria to Introduce Pig Levy

by 5m Editor
19 May 2010, at 9:10am

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA - Victorian pig producers will pay 16 cents per carcass to fund a disease surveillance programme through the state's Department of Primary Industry.

The new levy, the only of its kind in Australia, will begin on 1 July and run for three years, reports ABC.

Victorian Farmers Federation pig group president John Bourke says it's a good deal for the farmers, that he hopes will be embraced by other states.

"No-one wants to pay for anything these days, but I envisage that this will be of great importance to our industry," he says.

"I think the consumer is demanding that we raise our pigs under the highest standards."