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Officials propose that the activity begin with the input of a cucumber seedling. The activity should not extend upstream beyond this point (for example, to include growing cucumber seedlings from seeds) because cucumber seedlings are a tradable commodity (and are currently traded in New Zealand).
Officials considered whether to measure production of cucumbers by weight or by number of cucumbers. Cucumbers are usually sold on a per cucumber basis. But, in order to take an approach consistent with other activities, in particular fresh capsicums and fresh tomatoes, and to avoid creating an incentive to reduce the size of cucumbers in order to gain additional benefits from allocation, we propose that production of cucumbers be measured by weight. The industry has advised that it will be possible to provide data on a weight basis, by applying a basic calculation from units of cucumbers to tonnes of cucumbers based on average annual yields.
So that the starting point is clearly identifiable, the activity definition specifies that the activity begins when the seedling is transferred from the seedling propagation area to its final growing position. Different growers transfer seedlings into the final growing position at different stages of maturity, but officials and industry agree that the impact of such discrepancies are likely to be negligible because the emissions associated with raising seedlings are relatively minor and that a pragmatic approach is needed.
The activity description specifies it applies to cucumbers grown ‘for commercial purposes’ in order to clarify that non-commercial growers, such as households, are not covered by the definition. Non-commercial growers should not be covered because they are not trade-exposed.
Emissions associated with grading, packing, storing and freighting should be excluded because they are not integral to the process of growing cucumbers and this approach is consistent with the approach taken for other activities.
Emissions associated with off-specification/reject production (i.e. cucumbers that do not meet the quality standards for sale) should be included because some off-specification production is unavoidable when undertaking the activity. This is approach is consistent with the approach taken for other activities.
|The requirement to define each activity by reference to a physical, chemical or biological transformation of inputs into outputs.||The activity is described as a biological transformation from inputs to outputs.|
|The undesirability of activities being defined by reference to the technology employed, the fuel used, the age of the plant, or the quality of the types of feedstock used when the activity is carried out.||The proposed activity definition does not reference any technology, fuel, age of plant, or quality of types of feedstocks.|
|The desirability of defining activities:
||The proposed activity definition takes in account consistency and equity with other activity definitions, particularly production of fresh capsicums and production of fresh tomatoes, because these are very similar activities. It is also consistent with the approach taken for other activities with respect to off-specification production and associated packing, grading, storing etc.
The proposed activity definition takes into account the potential to impact on business investment, geographical location, and the structure of the activity.
The proposed activity takes into account the potential for intermediate inputs. To avoid including an intermediate input in the activity, the activity input is ‘capsicum seedlings’.
|The desirability of there being no overlap between activity definitions.||The proposed activity definition does not overlap with others.|
|Any other matters the Minister considers relevant, including activity definitions proposed to be used in Australia.||No definition for this activity has been developed by Australia.|
Officials recommend that you approve the attached activity definition for production of cucumbers.
Last updated: 24 May 2010