QCGA ac­cuses Ba­iada of bla­tant prof­i­teer­ing

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

BA­IADA will close its Ip­swich pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity and can­cel con­tracts with farm­ers in South East Queens­land has come as a dev­as­tat­ing blow to the chicken in­dus­try.

The Queens­land Chicken Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (QCGA) has con­demned the de­ci­sion by Ba­iada ac­cus­ing it of bla­tant cor­po­rate prof­i­teer­ing at the ex­pense of its vi­able and pro­duc­tive farm­ers.

QCGA pres­i­dent Jodie Red­cliffe es­ti­mated the de­ci­sion would strip grow­ers of a con­ser­va­tive $150 mil­lion in lost pro­duc­tion and de­val­u­a­tion of their farms.

The 26 af­fected grow­ers (28 farms) op­er­ate 155 pur­pose-built poul­try houses and em­ploy over 80 work­ers within the SEQ re­gion and sup­ply the Ip­swich pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity with ap­prox­i­mately 23 mil­lion chick­ens per an­num.

“The en­tire Queens­land in­dus­try is in shock.” Ms Red­cliffe said.

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