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The Minister of Agriculture has announced millions of dollars will be spent on a wasteful and ill-conceived rebrand of the Ministry for Primary Industries, National’s Primary Industries spokesperson Nathan Guy says.

“Damien O’Connor has announced that almost $20 million will be spent on splitting up a well-functioning Ministry all to appease the demands of Labour’s coalition.

“It’s nothing more than a pointless rebranding exercise. We put these three agencies together in 2011 and it’s a complete waste of money to pull them apart again.

“The worst part of it is though, that the money is essentially being fleeced from the Primary Growth Partnership Fund – used for essential research and development - to pay for bureaucracy.

“It’s just a waste of taxpayers’ money which would have been better invested in growing our primary industries,” Mr Guy says.

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