Labour loves to meddle in businesses where it has no business to be and if it gets into government it will be meddling in the meat industry:
Labour will create more jobs and wealth by providing the leadership and funding to help participants reform the meat sector through developing a larger scale sustainable model as part of our Economic Upgrade for the sector, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.
“The meat sector continues to decline and must meet new challenges to maintain a secure and skilled workforce. Like our wider economy it needs an upgrade to compete overseas.
“Labour will do this by encouraging the creation of businesses with real market scale and, if required, we will look to amend the Commerce Act to achieve this aim. We will also work with Iwi and large agricultural companies to consolidate efforts and interests for the long term. . .
The meat industry is dominated by two farmer-owned co-operatives and there are also several smaller players.
What they do and how they do it is primarily the business of these businesses and their shareholders.
Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has repeatedly, and correctly, said he will not intervene unless there sector comes up with a plan supported by the players which requires his assistance.
Anything else would be interference in private enterprise where the government has no right to be.
The industry does have challenges but Guy, and the National Party, understand any change in the meat industry must come from farmers and the processing companies.
Any attempt to impose a solution from the government down would be expensive and have the potential to contravene free trade agreements.