05 Nov

Australian Olive producers to be hit with levy

Olive producers in South Australia will be hit with a levy to fund projects for the benefit of the industry, including promotion and research.

Agriculture Minister Rory McEwen said the $6 a tonne levy was strongly supported by olive producers.

“The olive industry is a growing contributor to economic development in the regional areas of our state,” Mr McEwen said.

“The olive industry has no national or state funding schemes that enable it to conduct ongoing promotion or research and development programs.”

Olives SA president Lisa Rowntree said the levy would be a significant milestone for the industry, allowing it to take control of its future and strengthen its position in the world market.

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