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MEDIA*Q P I ^ AE MINISTERn E L E # O E * c CANBERRA n E L E H j t PI85/231 15 October 1985

RESEARCH SCHEME FOR GRAIN LEGUMES

The Minister for Primary Industry, Mr John Kerin announced today that the Grain Legumes Levy Bill 1985 and the Grain Legumes Levy Collection Bill 1985 had been passed by the Parliament.

Mr Kerin said that these Bills provided for the imposition and collection of a levy on grain legumes produced in Australia.

"The money raised by the levy will be used to finance research into grain legumes on a national basis, and a Rural Industry Research Fund (RIRF) similar to that operating for a number of other rural commodities will be established," Mr Kerin said.

"The levy will be applied initially to lupins and field peas which are the major grain legumes produced in Australia," he said.

The Minister said that initially, the levy rate had been set at 75 cents a tonne of grain legumes, the rate recommended by the industry.

Mr Kerin said that the rate was equivalent to approximately 0.5% of the gross value of production of leviable grain legumes, the maximum level of industry contribution to research which the Commonwealth will match on a dollar for dollar basis.

"The levy is payable by growers but in practice, will be paid on their behalf by receivers or purchasers," Mr Kerin said.

"It is intended that the legislation will be proclaimed on 1 November 1985 with the levy payable from that date," he said. t

"My Department has already advised grain merchants and processors of their basic responsibilities under the research scheme to collect the levy on behalf of growers. These collection points will be advised of further details of the

scheme by my Department shortly."

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"The establishment of a Grain Legumes Research Council and other organisational arrangements for the scheme are provided for under the Rural Industries Research Act 1985.

"I shall write to the incoming Chairman of the Research Council concerning the continuation of funding of existing grain legumes research projects under the national scheme"

The Minister said that grain legumes have become an increasingly important crop in Australia but that more research needs to be undertaken if their full economic potential is to be realised.

CONTACT: Walter Pearson (062) 72 6649