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Since March there has been no Cane Supply Agreement beyond 2016 between growers and milling giant Wilmar.
The agreement underpins the relationship between the miller and the grower, canvassing both the operational and marketing side of producing sugar.
While draft agreements have been put forward by Wilmar, growers claim the terms are far from satisfactory.
But as cane growing is planned years in advance, growers have had no option but to keep on with their annual routines.
“The continuous merry- go-round of planting and ratooning is not something you can jump in or out of easily,” Mr Hackett said.
He said if Wilmar believed there was any merit in the terms it had put forward so far, its negotiating team should come and address growers at a meeting.
Mackay Canegrowers chairman Kevin Borg, however, pointed out millers were just as dependent on the contracts to ensure they had cane to crush next year.
But he hoped Wilmar didn’t plan to “play a waiting game” and rush through contracts at the last minute.
A Wilmar spokesman simply said agreements would be made “when both sides are willing to sign”.
“There is no time limit other than the start of the 2017 crushing season,” he said.
He said Wilmar would continue to negotiate with growers, but didn’t say when the next meeting would be.
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