Molasses needed in dry times
WITH more than 50 per cent of the state droughtdeclared, the lack of molasses available is having a serious impact on farmers’ ability to feed their livestock.
Liberal National Party spokesman on agriculture Tony Perrett has called on the Queensland Government to fix this crisis.
“Molasses is used as a feed supplement to balance out cattle’s diet during prolonged dry (times) and it’s an essential ingredient in our farmers’ day-to-day arsenal in getting through droughts,” Mr Perrett said.
“We have a situation where Queensland farmers cannot get their hands on the essential molasses they need to keep their cattle alive.”
LNP spokesman on North Queensland Dale Last said while there were still some isolated, localised supplies available in parts of north Queensland, supplies were quickly running out.
“When these supplies run out we will need a solution to keep our graziers going,” he said.
“Having no molasses at all is simply not an option.
“The Queensland Government needs to work with the state’s sugar millers and suppliers to ensure our affected farmers have access to the molasses they need.”