HGCA levy up 5%


By FW staff


HOME Grown Cereals Authority levy rates for cereal growers and processors will increase by 5% from 1 July, bringing them back to the level of two seasons ago.


Producers will have to pay 40p/t (plus 7p VAT) on all grain sold to a dealer or to intervention.


Processors will be charged a standard rate of 8.25p/t (plus 1.44p VAT), with a reduced rate of 4p/t (plus 0.7p VAT) on grain sold to a feed compounder.


The HGCA has welcomed the increase, which will raise almost £8m, as essential to maintain its R&D and market information services at a time of farm recession.


Oilseed growers and grain merchants face no increase in their contributions.


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