Time to get our farm­ers talk­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

A NEW group in Monto is get­ting farm­ers talk­ing.

The out­come of a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day was look­ing for­wards to the idea of form­ing the Monto District Farm­ers Al­liance.

The al­liance would help farm­ers to com­mu­ni­cate and spread ideas, and con­nect peo­ple with grants and sub­si­dies avail­able to help, and show­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for new growth in the in­dus­try.

Dolores Fowler said open­ing up com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels between Monto’s farm­ers could be a game changer for the in­dus­try.

“There’s noth­ing that brings farm­ers to­gether reg­u­larly to talk about prob­lems and how to solve them,” she said.

Fol­low­ing a meet­ing with some of the lo­cal farm­ers last Wed­nes­day, Mrs Fowler met with Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Flynn Ken O’Dowd on Tues­day, to dis­cuss set­ting up the Monto District Farm­ers Al­liance.

“Lots of peo­ple have told me they don’t know about the drought as­sis­tance pack­ages that are avail­able, help­ing peo­ple ac­cess this in­for­ma­tion would be one of the pri­mary goals of an al­liance,” she said.

Mrs Fowler said she had been in­spired by the cane and sugar grower co-ops who have re­ceived wide­spread at­ten­tion and re­sults.

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