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Herbs and spices
Growers reject levy for
culinary herbs and spices
THE Australian Herb &
Association's plan to intro-
duce industry levies has been
rejected by growers.
They voted 'no' to three propos-
• Do you support the R&D levy?
Defeated 68 per cent no, to
• Do you support the Biosecurity
levy? Defeated 57pc to 43pc.
• Do you support the PHA sub-
scription levy? Defeated 65pc to
The Australian Electoral
Commission conducted the ballot
on behalf of AHSIA.
Association president Robert
Hayes said the result was "very
"The majority of culinary herb
and spice producers who regis-
tered to vote, and who returned
completed ballot papers, needed
to support the levy proposal for it
to pass and be eligible for consid-
eration by the Federal
Government," he said.
"Unfortunately, a comprehen-
sive nationwide consultation
process, funded by the Rural
Industries Research and
Development Corporation, was
interrupted by the Federal
Election in 2010.
"AHSIA also believes that there
were a number of other negative
factors during the lead up to the
ballot, however, in the end we
have been unable to persuade
enough industry participants of
"We are now 'back to the draw-
ing board' as an industry -- with
no immediate pathway to resourc-
ing much-needed R&D."
Mr Hayes said the industry was
in the situation where individual
growers would have to undertake
their own expensive research.
"This is a particular concern in
the area of pest, disease and weed
control, where the cost of under-
taking expensive research required
to support chemical use permits,
as issued by the Australian
Medicines Authority, is signifi-
cant," he said.
"These permits require renewal
by the regulator every few years
which, without a co-ordinated
industry R&D program, places
them beyond the resources of all
but the largest growers.
"Industry is also left exposed to
the incursion threats posed by
exotic pests and diseases, and
without the resources to work
with Plant Health Australia and
Biosecurity Australia to build
industry awareness and prepared-
ness to deal with biosecurity
"AHSIA will now review the sit-
uation and examine all available
options to progress resourcing
essential R&D, and biosecurity
preparedness for the industry."
Details: Robert Hayes 02 6684 4580 or
0418 376 258.
AEC conducts ballot on
behalf of AHSIA
Back to the drawing board
No 'immediate way' to
AT A GLANCE
A majority of herb and spice producers needed to support the levy
proposals for it to be eligible for consideration by the Federal
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