15 July 2014
Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA) has welcomed the announcement made by the Queensland State Government outlining their immediate plans to investigate competition concerns in the sugar industry.
The Hon. Dr John McVeigh made the announcement earlier which follows in wake of the news that three sugar traders have withdrawn from the industry owned marketing body Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL).
Minister McVeigh had also previously initiated a consultation process amongst grower groups and Queensland sugar mills.
ACFA Chairman, Don Murday, said that farmers are grateful that the Government has publicly recognised the seriousness of this issue.
“Cane farmers from across the State put the call out to Government to step up and intervene to ensure a sustainable future for our industry; thankfully they listened,” Mr. Murday said.
“This act is a step in the right direction to ensure that grower’s rights are better protected going forward.
Mr. Murday continued to say that there is 100 years of industry which has been built on the tradition of partnership between millers and farmers and that this is how farmers expect the industry to continue.
“Those millers who have ignored farmer’s wishes to continue with this partnership model, which is the envy of the world, have undermined the very essence of what our industry is based on,” Mr. Murday said.
“Our industry is only what it is because of this model and would not have grown to the size and efficiency without this partnership.
“For several years this has been derailed as the previous Government which handed ownership of sugar to mills.
Mr. Murday went on to say that ACFA encourages the millers who have resigned from QSL to come back to the table and embrace the reality of how farmers wish to participate in their industry.
“We will continue to work with all industry bodies to ensure a mutually beneficial raw sugar marketing arrangement,” Mr. Murday concluded.
Don Murday- ACFA Chairman- 0418 774 499
Amanda Sheppard- Communications- (07) 3839 1900 or 0429 459 497