The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), of which AHDB Horticulture is a division, is proposing to hold 2016/17 levy rates for all industry sectors at the same level as this year. This is one recommendation from the Board in its proposed plans for 2016/19, launched for industry consultation on Thursday 3 December.
AHDB CEO Jane King said: “As you may be aware, the AHDB is going through a substantial change process to improve our efficiency and effectiveness. As part of that process we are currently out meeting and listening to our levy payers through our Activity Review. The views that we receive will inform our long-term activities and priorities.
“In addition, we are now consulting on our proposed business plans for next year. This year’s overall strategic plan, and the six sector business plans which form part of it reflect the journey of change we are on to deliver even better services for levy payers.
“We have a big ambition to make AHDB a great organisation that makes a real difference to levy payer businesses. Our funds come from these hard working businesses through statutory levies and therefore listening to and consulting those levy payers and their representatives is very important.”
AHDB is particularly interested in answers to the following questions:
- Do you agree with the proposed activities for your/each sector? If not, which activities will make the biggest difference to improving the competitiveness of your sector, and why?
- What levy funded activity(ies) in your view could be stopped, and why?
- Do you agree that levy rates should remain unchanged for 2016/17?
This consultation closes at 17.00 hours on Wednesday 13 January 2016. Responses can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to Ruth Ashfield, AHDB, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2TL.
Feedback from this consultation will be considered when the plans are finalised in January before submission to Ministers for approval of levy rates. A copy of the AHDB Strategic Plan and the sector specific business plans and the consultation letter can be downloaded from the AHDB website.
AHDB delivers a series of strategies encompassing research and development and farm-level knowledge transfer/exchange; the provision of essential market information to improve supply chain transparency and business decision making; plus marketing and trade market programmes to help stimulate demand and maintain and develop export markets.
AHDB is a UK-wide Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by Defra and primarily funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain through statutory levies. Established in 2008, it supports the following industries: meat and livestock (cattle, sheep and pigs) in England; horticulture, milk and potatoes in Great Britain; and cereals and oilseeds in the UK. The AHDB’s remit covers 75% of total UK agricultural output.