Glut com­pounds pres­sure on farm

Central Queensland News - - RURALWEEKLY - PAT HANNAN Grow­com CEO

LOW prices on fruit and veg­eta­bles might seem good for con­sumers, but for Queens­land fruit and veg­etable grow­ers the over­sup­ply has only de­liv­ered pain.

Queens­land’s un­sea­son­ably warm win­ter has de­liv­ered crops ahead of sched­ule and in large quan­ti­ties, of­ten with­out enough de­mand to en­sure prices are main­tained.

Grow­ers are all too fa­mil­iar with the highs and lows of op­er­at­ing in a con­sumer­driven re­tail mar­ket.

The en­tire sup­ply chain is del­i­cately bal­anced around pro­duc­tion, ef­fi­ciency and tim­ing.

It is of­ten based on dif­fer­ent re­gions geared to take ad­van­tage of cli­mate and lo­ca­tion.

While the sys­tem of­ten de­liv­ers, re­cent ex­am­ples of high prices post Cy­clone Deb­bie and the re­cent glut shine a light on how grow­ers are the first to lose out when the sys­tem loses balance.

While grow­ers do not ben­e­fit from pro­duc­ing high qual­ity fruit and veg­eta­bles for only a frac­tion of their usual value, as an in­dus­try we must ac­cept the some­times harsh mar­ket re­al­i­ties we op­er­ate within.

What is less easy to ac­cept, how­ever, is when times get tough, profit mar­gins are squeezed, and grow­ers con­tinue to be over­charged for wa­ter and elec­tric­ity.

Elec­tric­ity prices con­tinue to rise de­spite fierce op­po­si­tion from all sec­tors of Queens­land busi­ness.

The un­sus­tain­able prices of elec­tric­ity in this state con­tinue to ap­ply un­nec­es­sary pres­sure on grow­ers while they grap­ple with un­con­trol­lable mar­ket changes.

At a time when grow­ers face mar­ket forces be­yond their con­trol, the least they ex­pect is for our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers to step up and take charge of some­thing they can fix.

Grow­com will con­tinue to rep­re­sent its mem­bers and pres­sure the po­lit­i­cal par­ties to get se­ri­ous about mak­ing Queens­land a vi­able place to con­duct busi­ness.

❝ris­ing Elec­tric­ity prices con­tinue de­spite fierce op­po­si­tion from all sec­tors of Queens­land busi­ness.

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