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APL Kicks Off Membership Drive 2010

by 5m Editor
30 June 2010, at 9:37am

AUSTRALIA - In accordance with the Australian Pork Limited (APL) constitution, every three years members of APL are required to renew their membership. This membership drive also provides the opportunity for new members to join.

APL CEO Andrew Spencer said, “There is a very common misunderstanding that if you sell pigs and pay a pig slaughter levy that you are automatically a member of APL. To become a member of APL you are required to complete a membership form which contains a statutory declaration."

There are three member categories: Member (this is a Australian pig producer who has paid the Pig Slaughter Levy during the previous financial year); Associate Producer Member (pork producers who do not pay a Slaughter Levy – grow out units and breeding farms for example) and Associate Corporate Member (companies who have an affiliation with the pork industry).

Why Join APL?

By joining APL, members have a say. Members can attend, speak and vote at the annual general meeting, vote on changes to APL’s constitution and Pig Slaughter Levy, and present concerns directly to the APL Board and management through their delegates. APL members also have access to a broad range of industry publications, professional support and contacts.

Mr Spencer said, "Basically APL carries out functions that single pork producers find impossible to achieve on their own. We work with all levels of government to enhance industry interests in the areas of trade, animal welfare, animal health, environmental and planning issues. Management of the industry’s quality assurance programmes, on farm and along the supply chain is also an important part of our work to assure Australian pork’s quality and integrity to customers."

"Research and development, marketing and policy issues form a core part of the activities APL undertakes on behalf of Australian pork producers. I am encouraging all pork producers to join and become a member of APL as a united industry voice strengthens the capacity of Australia’s pork industry to be heard by politicians, industries and organisations, government departments and consumers."

The membership drive will run from 30 June till the 3 September and forms can be obtained by contacting APL on Toll Free 1800 789 099 or download a copy from the APL website.

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