I went to the meeting.. sort of.. Riley had a little bit to say, she thought it was pretty boring, she prefers to stay home and read books.
So I didn’t catch as much as I would’ve liked, question time is always my favourite part of any consultation meeting.
Didn’t really take much away from it.
40% research is pretty crap average.
Wasn’t overly impressed because that’s about the only thing I deem worthy.
I am not against a commodity levy if it’s allocated properly but I have serious doubts as to wether or not ApiNZ are going to get their 50% support.
I do think that a commodity levy has the potential to be a very good thing.. but it is also just another bill to pay, and god knows we all love those.
Definitely not interested in the levy board being comprised of anyone who isn’t paying the levy, don’t really understand why there needs to be marketers or hobbyists on the board unless they’re paying - sure they can have suggestions bought to the board but no pay = no say in my book.
I also would be quite interested to know what constitutes a ‘beekeeper’ in APINZs eyes, because I have a feeling they may have a very loose interpretation of that.
Probably my biggest issue is that as it stands there is a serious loophole with some people needing to self declare as to how much honey they have extracted, and it’s a more than a little naieve to assume this isn’t going to be abused.
Where this levy is going to be collected is probably the most important detail and I wasn’t convinced they had it covered.
If ApiNZ are as in touch with the industry as they claim to be, why the heck are they doing this now??? Probably the stupidest time of year to try and get industry opinions on something this important.
This entire thing could fall by the wayside because of bad timing.