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.
The release of the code follows hot on the heels of the Senate recommendation in favour of a mandatory code of conduct to address the serious commercial imbalance against the nation’s cane growers in their negotiations with the country’s largest sugar millers.
Peak groups CANEGROWERS and the Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA) have said that the code cuts right to the heart of the issue by giving cane farmers the choice of how their share of the sugar is marketed. It also puts in place a dispute resolution process to ensure growers are heard and have a fair process in dealings with any pre or post contractual issues with their local mills.
CANEGROWERS and ACFA say that it is a testament to the taskforce and the unrelenting work of the Chair, George Christensen, that such an extensive and broad ranging consultation was conducted. “It is not an easy road when you are bridging a gap with large corporate interests. We commend the dogged focus of the Christensen led taskforce in consulting so broadly and being courageous enough to make the tough call,” agree the Chairs of CANEGROWERS and ACFA Paul Schembri and Don Murday.
“Growers will take an enormous amount of confidence that the loss of their power in the market and value chain could be restored through this action,” they say.
Media comment: Paul Schembri | CANEGROWERS Chairman | 0417 604 196
Don Murday | ACFA Chairman | 0418 774 499
More information: Suzi Moore | CANEGROWERS Communications | 0427641239
Link to the Code of Conduct, here
Link to the Senate report, here