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The red meat sector is calling on all political parties to recognise its significant contribution to New Zealand’s national and regional economies in the run up to this year’s election. The sector has just released an independent study which shows that the meat processing and exporting sector collectively generates $12 billion for New Zealand each year. The red meat sector also provides 92,000 jobs which makes up 5 percent of New Zealand’s total workforce and is responsible for $4.6 billion in household income. Beef + Lamb NZ’s Sam McIvor states that throughout the period of adversity that Covid-19 has brought, the primary sector has shone through and it is important that this is recognised. Mr McIvor reports that improved rural connectivity and continued co-investment in initiatives and research aimed at value adding and lifting the productivity and profitability of the sector is crucial.
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