1 July 2013
After three Sugar Research and Development (R&D) bills passed through the Senate on Friday, sugar industry representative body, Australian Canefarmers Association (ACFA), say that although the outcome is not in the best interests of cane farmers, they are satisfied that their involvement with the sugar R&D reform process has achieved a better outcome for farmers than what was originally proposed.
Through a tireless campaign, the ACFA say they ensured that the reform had higher levels of consultation and transparency and fairness about representation than what was initially being contemplated.
ACFA Chairman, Don Murday says “Without ACFA’s influence, the situation would have been far worse and we are satisfied that we have achieved a more palatable model.
“It is now, more than ever, that the ACFA will fight to represent its members on all industry matters. More than ever, cane farmers need ACFA to represent their interests”.
Despite reservations about the newly passed Sugar Research Bills, ACFA say they will work with the newly formed Sugar Research Australia (SRA) to ensure a smooth transition from the current mode and to achieve the best R&D outcomes for cane farmers.
For more information, or for an interview with Don Murday, please contact Amanda Sheppard on (07) 3839 1900.