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APL Discusses Proposed Increase in Pork Levy

by 5m Editor
5 August 2011, at 9:32am

AUSTRALIA - Australian Pork Limited (APL) is holding producer meetings in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania to discuss the proposal for an increase to the Pig Industry Slaughter Levy.

The peak industry body for the country's pork producers, APL, is embarking on a series of national producer meetings to discuss the proposal for an overall 90 cent increase in the 'marketing' portion of the Pig Industry Slaughter Levy.

APL CEO, Andrew Spencer, said the industry has not had an increase in the Pig Slaughter Levy since 1994.

He said: "Realistically when you look at inflation significantly diminishing spending power, reduced slaughters, coupled with increasing regulatory and compliance obligations on the industry, a levy increase seems an appropriate action to take.

"Future industry challenges are lining up and it would be to the detriment of the industry to abandon the positive work that has been achieved to-date.

"APL as an organisation has repeatedly demonstrated on many fronts its capacity to deliver. This includes growth in pork consumption; improvements in feed conversion; delivery of the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Pigs; Shaping our Future and facilitating the world's first voluntary phase-out commitment of the use of sow stalls; not to mention the stemming of consumer panic over the Influenza A/H1N1 (swine flu epidemic) and our contribution to the very successful Pork CRC rebid," Mr Spencer said.

Pork producers are being urged to attend meetings across Australia to have their say on this important issue during the months of August and September. Additionally, all levy payers have been contacted and encouraged to register to vote later in the year on this proposal.

Currently, APL receives A$1.35 per pig slaughtered for 'marketing' and $1.00 per pig slaughtered for Research and Development (R&D). Additionally the R&D levy is matched dollar for dollar by Commonwealth Matching Funds from the federal government.

In respect to the proposed levy increase the APL Board has recommended, as a more affordable approach, that the increase occur over three tranches. The first increase of 30 cents would come into effect by 1 July 2012. The second wave of an additional 30 cents would take effect by 1 July 2014 and then the third and final phase of the increase by 1 July 2016. The total 90 cent increase will take the new 'marketing' Pig Slaughter Levy to $2.25, which will then make the total levy $3.25 per pig slaughtered.

For catering purposes, bookings are essential for attendance at the meetings. Please contact Michelle Roach on 1800 789 099 (Toll Free) or email [email protected].

South Australia

  • Monday 15th August
    Murray Bridge

    Murray Bridge Golf Club, Ritter Street, Murray Bridge
    3:00 - 5:00pm, followed by refreshments
  • Tuesday 16th August
    Roseworthy

    Roseworthy Campus Information Centre, Mudla Wirra Road, Roseworthy
    3:00 - 5:00pm, followed by refreshments

Victoria

  • Monday 22nd August
    Bendigo

    Victorian DPI Office, Cnr Midland Highway & Taylor Street, Bendigo
    5:00 - 6:30pm, followed by dinner
Tuesday 23rd August
Shepparton

Peppermill Motel, 7900 Goulburn Valley Highway, Shepparton
5:00 - 6:30pm, followed by dinner

Tasmania

  • Wednesday 24th August
    Launceston

    Fitzpatricks Inn, 56 Meander Valley, Westbury
    5:00 - 6:30pm, followed by dinner

If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled meetings listed above and can get together a group of producers in your area, APL will endeavour to speak to your group. Please contact Michelle Roach (contact details above).

So far, meetings have been held in Queensland (Toowoomba and Kingaroy) and Northern NSW (Lismore).