Meat Industry Excellence is seeking funding from Beef and
Lamb New Zealand, saying it needs about $200,000 to continue
to make progress with meat industry reform.
Chairman John McCarthy has called on Beef and Lamb to get
behind a remit, before the organisation's annual meeting in
Feilding on March 14, seeking further financial support.
The remit must have the signatures of at least 1000
registered farmers, or 5% of the total number of registered
farmers, whichever is the lesser, for it to be binding.
MIE, which was established last year, had ''runs on the
board'' with increased farmer participation in the
co-operative board elections and representations on Alliance
Group and Silver Fern Farms. Its focus was now on addressing
procurement and marketing issues in the sector, Mr McCarthy
The funding was needed to meet expenses for travel, meetings
and other activities associated with driving the reform
MIE needed to keep farmers informed and there was also a need
to widen the debate so politicians and the business sector
could become involved.
That would take time and resources, both of which were scarce
for MIE members who had their own farming businesses to run,
Until now, the burden had fallen on a small core group of MIE
members with support from others who had an interest in the
Last year, Beef and Lamb reimbursed $40,000 expenses for MIE
and said further funding support would depend on farmers'
feedback, he said.
Farmers were also being asked to vote on a proposal by
independent industry group, the Wool Levy Review Group, to
investigate the value proposition for a future wool levy,
along with another proposal to continue to invest in genetics
research and innovation via Beef and Lamb.