Mr. John Carlisle
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the percentage average increase in fees now proposed for seed certification and statutory testing in 1983–84; what effect he expects the proposals to have on purchases by farmers of certified seed; and what is his policy on the practice for growers to have their own seed tested.
The average increases in fees are 9 per cent. in each case. I expect the effect on purchases by farmers to be small. I advise those growing seed for their own use to have tests carried out.