Tasmanian beef producers have succeeded in their bid to retain control of the state’s major beef research and development fund.
Following a government review, the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) will continue to administer the Beef Industry Trust.
The TFGA and producers had been concerned that the government was seeking to take over the $500,000 fund and treat it as general revenue.
The Trust had had three industry trustees. The government sought to include representatives of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), triggering farmers’ fears about the fate of the fund.
“The trust has been expanded to five members: two TFGA nominees and three from the beef industry, including one with research and development expertise,” TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said today.
“We congratulate the state government on listening to industry feedback; and ensuring that producers’ funds stay in producers’ hands.
“It also avoids a conflict of interest for TIA and the department since they can be recipients of research moneys from the fund.”
The trustees have to report annually to the Minister for Primary Industries. DPIPWE will publish that report on its website.
Jan Davis, TFGA chief executive