Ricegrowers' Association welcomes decision on decentralisation

12 Feb 2016 9:17 AM -

The Ricegrowers' Association of Australia (RGA) today welcomed the announcement from Barnaby Joyce that the proposed relocation of APVMA had been put on hold, pending an independent cost benefit analysis.

RGA President Jeremy Morton said that it was a sensible decision from the Minister.

"We have shared the concerns of many others in agriculture about the potential effects of shifting  the APVMA away from Canberra."

"There is a high risk that such a move would have decimated the capacity of the agency and affected our ability to maintain international competitiveness via access to new chemical technologies."

"We will welcome the opportunity to have input into the cost benefit analysis and I'm confident the process will see common sense prevail."

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