IT WAS a stalemate never before seen in the Australian sugar industry but finally Wilmar and Queensland Sugar Limited have signed an on-supply agreement (OSA).
A letter from the Singaporean-owned miller Wilmar to its growers states the on-supply agreement has been signed and now the Cane Supply Agreement (CSA) must be revised.
His letter said the CSA had to be consistent with the terms of the on-supply agreement.
“We will incorporate these required changes to the CSAs and continue our negotiations with grower bargaining representatives to finalise collective agreements,” Wilmar North Queensland executive general manager John Pratt wrote to growers.
“In the meantime, if you have questions about pricing, pooling or payment arrangements with Wilmar for 2017, or you are looking for general information material on marketing, I suggest you go to GrowerWeb where we have fact sheets and links to helpful tools.”
QSL chief executive officer Greg Beashel also wrote to growers, pleased the contract had been signed and Wilmar growers could market their sugar through QSL.
“I’d like to thank the many growers who have steadfastly supported QSL during what has been a protracted and frustrating OSA negotiation process,” he wrote.
“We appreciate that this support has often come at great cost to you – both financially and emotionally – and that has not been lost on the QSL team, nor is it taken for granted.”