The meat council of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) has appealed to the state government to give the meat-farming sector a two-year moratorium on payroll tax.

“The TFGA meat council considers that there is some urgency to this situation and that swift action from the State Government is important,” meat council CEO Brett de Hayr told The Mercury.

“A payroll tax moratorium would make investment in the Tasmanian meat-processing sector more attractive and this is essential if the industry in Tasmania is to be nationally and internationally competitive,” he added.

Local processing is essential to guarantee the future of the industry, stressed de Hayr, and the council would be concentrating on helping producers cater for the needs of the modern market.