Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA) has welcomed the details of the Federal Coalition’s Sugar Marketing Code of Conduct Taskforce which has been established to investigate competition and marketing issues in the Australian sugar industry.
ACFA Chairman, Don Murday, said that the details revealed today were a welcome development which demonstrates the Government’s appreciation of the seriousness of this issue.
“Growers have been calling out for action since the announcement by three large sugar millers earlier this year of their resignation from Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) which takes effect in 2017. We are very pleased that the Federal Government are taking the concerns of cane farmers seriously,” Mr Murday said.
“I commend both Minister Barnaby Joyce for actioning this taskforce and thank George Christensen for playing a pivotal role in ensuring this matter is at the forefront of the Government’s agenda.”
Through consultation with the sugar industry, the taskforce will investigate if a code of conduct for the sugar marketing process is needed and if such a code should be mandatory. The Taskforce will also consider provisions in such a code of conduct to address issues including (amongst others), negotiation & arbitration, grower economic interest sugar, the ability to choose a marketing entity and the transparency of marketing activities.
“ACFA is looking forward to assisting the taskforce in any way we can and are fully committed to continue to work with all industry bodies to ensure a mutually agreeable model which promotes real grower choice,” Mr Murday concluded.
The Taskforce will report to the Minister for Agriculture by May, 2015.
Don Murday (ACFA Chairman)- 0418 774 499
Amanda Sheppard (Communications)- 07 3839 1900