The ABGC Board met in Mission Beach this week. Highlights included decisions to end the Freckle Levy, on Congress 2019 and the re-instatement of the ABGC executive.
EPPR (FRECKLE) LEVY
The banana industry’s contribution to the National Banana Freckle Eradication Program is now estimated by ABGC at $12.2 million. The debt for this has been paid through the banana industry’s Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levy since July 1, 2015.
With this debt expected to be paid off by September 2019, the ABGC board resolved to write to the Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources proposing that the EPPR levy be deactivated as at July 1, 2019. That is, the proposal is for it to be reduced from 0.75c /kg of bananas sold to zero on that date.
ABGC will contact all growers to inform them of this proposal. While no objections of a 0.75c/kg cost saving are expected (which is 11.25 c per 15 kg carton), there will be an opportunity to object provided.
NO CHANGES TO ABGC BOARD
There were no resignations or new appointees nominated to the ABGC board. The Board also voted to continue with the same office bearers on the executive committee – namely the Chair, Deputy Chair and Treasurer.
All seven directors have been re-instated, including (pictured below from left) Chair Stephen Lowe, Treasurer Stephen Spear, Deputy Chair Leon Collins, Ben Franklin, Paul Inderbitzin, Jade Buchanan and Tom Day (absent).