Radel offers solutions
BIGGENDEN dairy farmer Robbie Radel said he had come up with a solution to the current dairy pricing crisis.
He said he would like to see Queensland form a single body milk co-op for dairy farmers.
“The idea is milk processors like Parmalat, Dairy Farmers and Norco would purchase their milk off the co-op,” he said.
“This would mean the dairy farmer would receive a sustainable price for their milk.”
Mr Radel said he hoped to meet with State Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson to discuss the idea.
Ms Donaldson said her position was clear when it came to what the State Government could do regarding milk prices.
“The Queensland Government has no role in the marketing of milk or in the setting of a farm gate price,” Ms Donaldson said in a statement.
“These are purely commercial activities and are the responsibility of milk supplier and milk processors.”
She said she was meeting with farmers to discuss what the State Government could do.
Shadow Minister for Agriculture Dale Last said while the minister was correct that the State Government had no role in the setting of prices, the government could lobby the industry.
“There’s nothing to stop us contacting Woolworths and Coles to lobby them,” Mr Last said.
“To get them to reconsider their decision to sell milk at discounted prices.”
COW POWER: Robbie Radel’s wife Michelle shared this photo of him on Facebook.