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PRIMARY- ■ INDUSTRY M ED IA RELEASE

STATUTORY HONEY RESEARCH SCHEME

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY ... . .

CANBERRA 20 December 1979,

The Minister for Primary Industry, Mr Peter Nixon said^ today that

the Government had agreed, to establish.· a statutory honey research

scheme.

"This has been strongly advocated by the Federal Council of Australian

Apiarists' Associations and has the support of the Australian Honey " ' *

Board", Mr Nixon said.

The scheme will be based on an industry research levy on all domestic

and export sales of honey and a Commonwealth matching contribution.

The industry levy will be set at a maximum rate of 0.5 cents per kg",

with an initial operative rate of 0.25 cents per kg. Research

expenditure from a Honey Research Trust Account will be approved by the

Minister after recommendations from the Honey Research Committee

comprising one representative from each of:

" Department of Primary Industry (Chairman)

Australian Agricultural Council

CSIRO

Australian Honey Board '

4 Federal Council of Australian Apiarists' Association.

Mr Nixon said the new scheme would replace existing honey research

arrangements which have been funded by an annual contribution from

the Australian Honey Board and a matching Commonwealth grant.

"Honey industry research will now be on the same basis as research in

a number of other rural industries, such as diary, wheat, poultry, pigs,

and dried vine fruits. .

"It is expected that in an average year the industry research levy

will provide about. $50,000 which, together with the Commonwealth

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matching contribution, will allow for an annual research programme

of up to $100,000. The expanded program will enable additional .

research on problems facing the industry, and in particular, into

bee diseases", Mr Nixon said.

He said it was intended to introduce enabling legislation in

the next Sittings of Parliament.

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