NZ's pig farming sector believes if a new draft welfare code for pigs is adopted it could spell the end of the country's pork industry.
Agcarm (formerly known as the Agricultural Chemical and Animal Remedy Manufacturers' Association) and the Animal Remedies and Plant Protection Association (ARPPA) will join forces to become a single united industry voice named the Animal and Plant Health Association of New Zealand Inc. - abbreviated to Animal and Plant Health New Zealand.
The new body will represent more than 90% of New Zealand's animal health and crop protection manufacturers - a $1-billion industry. It will also include rural retailer businesses and associate members.
"By joining together, we have one united industry voice representing our members to government, consuers and other stakeholders," says Agcarm president Gavin Kerr.
"It's an exciting and challenging time for our industry and the right time to unite and strengthen our voice." adds Kerr. He is referring to the impacts of Covid-19 and the increasingly complex challenges of supply chains and new regulations.
ARPPA chair Ed Catherwood says that his members voted unanimously to join with Agcarm.
"This merger is a fitting tribute to the late Colin Harvey, a long time ARPPA chairman and renowned industry veteran, who advocated for this merger," he adds.