AHDB Petitioners:

Defra urged to respect levy vote result

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in the UK has been urged to respect the results of the official ballots on statutory levies for horticulture and potatoes as its consultation on reforming the AHDB Order 2008 comes to an end.

Ministers say that the consultation, which closed on 10th January, is necessary to allow them to proceed with the proposed changes to the statutory instrument which currently imposes a levy on agriculture and horticulture – including proposals to remove the levy on horticulture and potatoes.

However, campaigners against the levy have expressed concerns that the consultation could be used to overturn the clear result of the previous statutory vote to abolish the levies, the results of which were announced early last year.

Lincolnshire vegetable farmer Peter Thorold: “More than 480 horticultural growers and more than 790 potato levy payers vote to abolish the statutory levy and do away with AHDB which provided them with little benefit in return for the vast sums of money being collected.”

Source: potatonewstoday.com

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