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Govt responsible for “predictable” meat processing delays – Nats

6th April 2022 By Staff Reporter | news@foodticker.co.nz | @foodtickernz

Meat works around the country are struggling to meet demand due to the government’s failure to keep pace with a vital cog in the supply chain, according to National’s agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.

She said Labour failed to bring in the necessary workers due to stringent immigration rules, and failed to supply the meat works industry with rapid antigen test in a timely manner, causing disruptions to staff.

As a result, plants are either closed or running at a reduced capacity and farmers are being forced to hold onto livestock longer with wait times stretching up to six weeks.

 

 


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