Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE -

Wil­mar, COFCO and Mitr Phol have since early 2014 con­tin­ued to avoid the pro-com­pet­i­tive, pro free mar­ket is­sue of cane­grower choice of the en­ti­ties that may mar­ket the sugar for which grow­ers have price ex­po­sure un­der their cane sup­ply agree­ments with the millers, which would still al­low all millers to mar­ket all the sugar they are able to se­cure in a com­pet­i­tive mar­ket sce­nario.

There is a strong per­cep­tion that th­ese for­eign owned millers are not

overly in­ter­ested in the needs of grow­ers, who along with gov­ern­ment are just be­ing strung along, with millers in­tent on im­ple­ment­ing their monopoly cor­po­rate model.

The Sugar In­dus­try (Real Choice in Mar­ket­ing) Amend­ment Bill 2015 and any pro­posed amend­ments will now be de­bated and voted on in the fi­nal sit­ting week for 2015 of the State of Queens­land Par­lia­ment on De­cem­ber 1-3.

I hope that the peo­ple’s faith in their elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives will rise above the global cor­po­rate my­opic fo­cus of th­ese millers’ de­mands.

De­liv­er­ing the op­por­tu­nity for a pro­com­pet­i­tive, pro free mar­ket cane­grower choice model will not dent for­eign in­vest­ment.

It will also shore up the con­fi­dence to in­vest by our 4000 small busi­ness farming fam­i­lies that are grow­ers of sugar cane, thus play­ing a sig­nif­i­cant role in sup­port­ing their own re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

Kerry Lat­ter, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Cane­grow­ers

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