Views wanted on changes to horticulture law

Last updated 05:00 23/11/2012

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The Government is seeking public views on possible law changes to the Horticulture Export Authority Act.

The act enabled horticulture industries to voluntarily and jointly fund activities that support successful exporting, the Primary Industries Ministry said.

Activities covered include marketing, promotion and quality assurance.

A recent review of the act shows it is popular with small export-based horticultural industries. But options had been identified to make it more useful and efficient, and possibly reduce compliance costs, forestry and plant sector policy manager Lisa Winthrop said.

Feedback is wanted on four key areas - enabling different markets to have different programmes, clarifying entry and exit procedures, questioning whether licence application assessment criteria are adequate, and questioning whether enforcement and penalty provisions are adequate.

Export earnings for industries currently using the act totalled $264.6 million in 2012, the ministry said.

Submissions are due by February 15.

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