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IAC inquiry on apples and pears

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PI85/39 6 March 1985

IAC Inquiry on Apples and Pears

The Minister for Primary Industry, Mr John Kerin, today announced that the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce has sought urgent advice from the IAC, without the need for a draft report, on the assistance requirements of the

apple and pear industry for the 1985 season.

Mr Kerin said that the request is in addition to the existing requirements on the IAC to report by September this year on the assistance requirements of the industry after the 1985 season.

He said that he had sought the additional advice from the IAC following concern by the apple and pear industry over domestic market prospects for the current season because of anticipated larger than normal crops in 1985, particularly of apples.

The Minister said that the industry was particularly anxious that the export underwriting assistance arrangements in place for 1985 be amended to provide growers with confidence to increase appreciably their exports in 1985.

"It was considered that the greater exports are needed to reduce the prospect of an oversupply of fruit being put on the domestic market in coming months causing a severe deterioration in prices," Mr Kerin said.

"Because the main export season for apples and pears has commenced the IAC has been asked to provide its advice to the Government by the middle of March or as soon as possible thereafter," Mr Kerin said.

"The Commission has informed me that it will hold a public hearing on the question of assistance for the 1985 season at its Hearing Room, Benjamin Offices, Belconnen, ACT on 13 March 1985, at 10.00 a.m..

"Anyone wishing to submit evidence at the hearing should contact the Commission as soon as possible," Mr Kerin advised.

Contact: Walter Pearson (062) 726649