21 May 2014
Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA) have expressed their severe disappointment at the news that Wilmar Sugar Australia has given notice to leave Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL).
By giving notice, Wilmar will exit the current raw sugar marketing arrangement at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
ACFA Chairman, Don Murday, expressed his dismay earlier today.
“It is frustrating that Wilmar has not listened to their growers who have said, quite clearly, that they want to stay with the industry owned marketing body, QSL,” Mr. Murday said.
“QSL works a fair model, representing growers and millers both equally and transparently.
“Growers are in the business for the long term and want their economic interest marketed through QSL, the company they share control of with millers.
“Leaving QSL for a permanent arrangement with a mill offers growers less long term certainty over their payment security and their cane price,” Mr. Murday continued.
“Relationships and expectations can change significantly over time; who know where growers’ interests may end up?
“What Wilmar must recognise is that if it wants to grow its Australian business, it need to keep its grower-suppliers happy.
“Growers collectively hold the lion’s share of investment in the Australian industry and will only continue to invest in their businesses when confident to do so.
“Wilmar simply is not able to offer anything beyond what QSL is already offering Australian cane farmers and by formally giving notice, Wilmar has placed the long term security of its growers under a cloud of uncertainty.
“Australian Cane Farmers Association will continue to work with Wilmar and other stakeholders to ensure the best possible outcome for farmers,” Mr. Murday concluded.
Don Murday- ACFA Chairman- 0418 774 499
Amanda Sheppard- Communications- (07) 3839 1900 or 0429 459 497