The Commodity Levy Order (Summerfruit) 2014 is due for renewal in 2020. The Levy Order is still in place for the 2019-20 season.
The updated process and indicative timeframes to renew the levy are:
August – October
Voting opened 16 October
Voting closes midday, 8 November
|iii Prepare application
Nov 2019 – Jan 2020
|iv Submit application for review/MPI review of application||
February – August
|v Approval by Cabinet||
The renewal process always takes just on a year. Several key factors are:
- Consultation and balloting cannot occur between November and February due to the season.
- The application to the Minister must be comprehensive, a copy of the 2014 application is available.
- Much of the post-ballot process time is with MPI and outside Summerfruit NZ control.
- The 2020 renewal is complicated by the next election. We can only guess when this might occur but suggest it could take place anywhere between August – November 2020. This has implications for stage v above
With the ballot opening soon we encourage all growers to have their say, its important to vote in this referendum on the future funding of your industry organisation.