KAP Member for Dalrymple for Shane Knuth has welcomed the move to accelerate his Sugar industry real choice in Marketing Bill to be voted on before the end of the year.
The fast track motion, which was unanimously passed in the house today was seen as another positive step towards market reassurance for sugar cane producers.
“This move alone shows that there is significant support for our bill,” Mr Knuth said.
“I see this as recognition from both the Government and Opposition that there is significant support for our efforts to provide real choice in the sugar market.”
The Bill which will now be decided on in December this year ensures that grower’s economic interests and livelihoods are safe guarded within the market.
“Mill owners have stated they will exit standing raw sugar marketing agreements by 2016 so it is imperative action is taken,” Mr Knuth said.
“This endorsement should be encouraging news for all of North Queensland who survives off the back of the sugar industry.”
The regional member said he was happy to continue to work with both sides of Government to assist the multibillion dollar North Queensland industry.
“Immediate action needs to take place – it is clear this bill is the solution the industry has been crying out for,” he said.
Member for Mt Isa Rob Katter who sits on the Agricultural committee which oversaw the review of the Bill said the importance of the bill was significantly understated in the tabled report.
“I am glad to see that Shane’s bill has been considered further, I have no doubts this is music to the ears of Queensland Growers.”
“ We will always fight for the rights of our producers to ensure they have a fair go.”
The KAP crossbenchers were also pleased that the Sugar industry (Real Choice in Marketing Bill) has received the endorsement of the Member for Cook Billy Gordon.
We are pleased to announce the Gerard Puglisi has once again been nominated for a division of the Farmer of the Year awards. Last year Gerard was named a finalist in the Diversification category, in which he has been nominated for again.
Next Gen recently hosted a group of American students at Sweet Farm Tours in Mossman.
The nation’s cane growers heartily welcome the release of a proposed mandatory code of conduct for sugar marketing by the federal government taskforce today.
Despite a busy harvesting season and farmers now going into crushing, the latest Next Gen meeting was positive with 20 people in attendance.
THE ABBOTT Government’s Sugar Marketing Code of Conduct Taskforce will today recommend to Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Small Business Minister Bruce Billson that a mandatory Code of Conduct be adopted for the sugar industry.
A show of unprecedented grower solidarity took place in Townsville today, as grower groups from right across the sugarcane growing sector came together, unified in their heightened resolve to uphold grower rights and calling on a fair go for growers and the rural communities they support.
28 April 2015
Sugar Research Australia
Sugar Research Australia (SRA) has today unveiled a new resource for the Australian sugarcane industry bringing together a comprehensive library of industry research into one publicly accessible location.
20 April 2015
Mackay’s most outstanding cane farmers were recognised on Friday night (17 April), when Mackay Sugar held its 27th annual Productivity Awards.
17 April 2015
Sugarcane growers across Queensland are elated today by news that the new government in Queensland has thrown their support behind the industry’s best practices program for sugarcane growers, Smartcane BMP.