Why the bail out then?

Well now, here is some interesting news considering the industry is currently picking the pockets of taxpayers.

Next year’s kiwifruit crop could be bigger than this year’s, despite the billion-dollar industry grappling with a bacterial disease.

Zespri director of corporate and grower services Carol Ward said based on present information there would not be an impact on next year’s crop volume.

“The extent of orchards with the infection is less than we would normally see in a seasonal variation so we still anticipate strong production,” she said.

“And, fingers crossed, if growing conditions are good then we will see increased production coming through.”

Exporter Zespri in its 2009/10 annual report said the volume of New Zealand-grown trays sold was 98.5 million, with a global volume and sales of 108.3 million trays and $1.5 billion respectively.

“We also do recognise that the viability and prosperity of our industry requires a focus on those orchard practices that need to be undertaken at this time of year to ensure a successful crop for next year,” Ward said.

“Our world has changed; we’ve got to increase vigilance now on orchard hygiene, but business goes on.”

Ok so why have these greedy pricks got their hands out for $35 million in funding?

Why is it that when anything goes wrong in the agriculture sector the very first thing these bludgers do is put their hand out for cash.

Zespri stuffing an industry

Zespri is a government mandated monopsony, they even have their own law. Something goes wrong with their genetically modified and patented “gold” fruit and all of a sudden we, the taxpayer, has to cough up, even though they have enjoyed monopsony profits for years. They cultivate and enjoy special treatment.  MP’s even go visit their business to see how they fleece the competition.

Why cant Zespri fix their own problems?  Because as you can see for yourself reports are in today to say this coming crop will be bigger and better than ever.

Zespri strangling NZ

We have constant calls for the ending of welfare, well it;s high time we stopped corporate welfare, especially if the bludgers are in control of monopsony profits.


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