Meat Industry Taskforce Meets

NEW ZEALAND - The Meat Industry Taskforce in New Zealand met for the first time this week to plan for the future of the beef and lamb industry across the country.
calendar icon 21 February 2008
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Meat & Wool New Zealand’s objective in establishing the Meat Industry Taskforce (Taskforce) is to develop a vision and a plan from farm to market that restores and generates sustainable long term profitability for farmers and the wider meat industry.

"There is no doubt that New Zealand beef and lamb is a high quality desirable product. The improvements that have been made in recent years on-farm and in further processing have been impressive, however lamb returns in particular have not been sufficient to ensure the long-term viability of the sector," said Sir John Anderson the Taskforce Chairman.

"There are a number of fundamentals that indicate the future is bright for the New Zealand meat industry. Our high quality natural products, rising protein prices, growth in developing nations and declining sheep numbers worldwide, point to opportunities for the meat industry. It is vital that the industry is repositioned to be able to take advantage of these trends and restore profitability to the sector.

"However as a sector, the meat industry has not successfully addressed recurring problems and put in place better planning for the future. The announcement in recent days of the Alliance Group Limited’s concept to create a new entity to strengthen the industry is seen as a positive step by the Taskforce," Sir John said.

There is recognition that all participants in the industry have their own planning processes, and other industry-wide projects have been undertaken. Where these are available, they will be reviewed and included in the process of the Taskforce to ensure that duplication does not occur.

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