Levy rates remain unchanged for 2012/13

Levy rates for the beef, lamb and pig sector will remain unchanged for the next financial year, the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has confirmed.

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board Order 2008 requires AHDB to raise levies relating to each sector and for Defra and Devolved Administration Ministers to annually approve all proposed levy rates, including higher rates for late payment of levy.

AHDB chief executive Tom Taylor said: “The positive stakeholder feedback for our work and our plan underlines how important our services are to levy payers.
“Our strategies are all about helping to make our levy payers’ businesses more competitive and sustainable. We know that more cost-efficient businesses usually have a lower carbon footprint per unit of production, so we are delivering a win-win, for both levy payers and the environment.
“In these times of tight budgets, I believe that better co-operation and co-ordination between the multitude of providers of on-farm science into practice will be critical to the progress of our industry – to help accelerate the change process for poorer-performing farmer/grower businesses to a level where they can profitably meet the challenges that lie ahead. This type of more co-ordinated approach is something AHDB is looking to try and facilitate.”

However, following an AHDB consultation with levy payers, industry stakeholders and trade associations on the levy rate increase and the strategies contained in its Corporate Plan 2012-15, the responses overall showed strong support for the potato levy rate increase and for the objectives and strategies contained in the Plan.

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