Radel of­fers so­lu­tions

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

COW POWER: Rob­bie Radel’s wife Michelle shared this photo of him on Face­book.

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