30 June 2014
Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA) have today slammed the decision by a third sugar miller to withdraw from Queensland’s industry-owned marketing body at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
COFCO-owned, Tully Sugar, follows Wilmar Sugar Australia and MSF Sugar Limited in announcing their resignation from Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL).
ACFA Chairman, Don Murday, conveyed his dismay earlier today.
“Queensland cane farmers have yet again been betrayed,” Mr. Murday said.
“Only last week, the Hon. Minister John McVeigh MP hosted a meeting to kick start the process for developing a grower choice model which set out to achieve a model that is acceptable and profitable to all parties while keeping the Queensland brand intact.
“Instead, our 100 year-old brand and system that farmers trust and have confidence in is being ripped apart by sugar traders serving only their own interest,” Mr. Murday said.
Mr. Murday continued to say that it is now imperative that Government intervene and insist on a marketing model that is mutually profitable for both millers and farmers.
“State and Federal Governments need to clearly understand that there is a heck of a lot more votes in 4,500 cane farmers than there are in three multi-national sugar traders,” Mr. Murday continued.
ACFA applauded both Bundaberg Sugar and Mackay Sugar who have both re-affirmed their support for QSL.
Mr. Murday also noted that like MSF and Wilmar, COFCO has recently embarked on new joint ventures and business partnerships, seemingly as a part of an international strategy.
“Make no mistake, those who have resigned from QSL have done so with only their own corporate interests at heart.
“It’s ironic that the deserters are so proud of their corporate social responsibility, however it’s proving inconsistent with their treatment of Queensland cane farmers who have overwhelmingly expressed their desire to stay with QSL; the company they own and support,” Mr. Murday concluded.
Don Murday- ACFA Chairman- 0418 774 499
Amanda Sheppard- Communications- (07) 3839 1900 or 0429 459 497