New wool working group meets

Rural Exchange 07/10/2018

A new Wool Working Group has met to discuss how they’ll create a more sustainable model and earn more profits.

Made up of 20 wool industry experts, the working group met for the first time last week in Christchurch, following the Wool Industry Summit in July.

“There’s representation from across all sectors of the wool industry; from behind the farm gate to manufacturers,” said Miles Anderson, chair of Federated Farmers’ meat and wool section, told RadioLIVE’s Rural Exchange.

“I’m quite confident with the direction it’s going in. I know a lot of people are cynical about the industry full stop.”

Mr Anderson says there was “pretty good direction and collaboration” at last week’s first working group meeting.

The group agreed to develop an action plan which will have input from all areas of the sector, he said.

Minister for Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, says the Government is focused on helping the sector get more value for what it produces.

“If people see that our products are the most sustainably and ethically produced in the world then that will help us get more value for what we do,” he said.

The working group will develop a pan-sector action plan before the end of the year. 

Watch the full interview with Miles Anderson above.

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