ACCC seeks to hear is­sues

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Dairy farm­ers can tell their sto­ries to the Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion in Shep­par­ton next week.

The com­mis­sion will hold a hear­ing on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 28 to en­able farm­ers to talk about their ex­pe­ri­ence with pro­ces­sors in com­pe­ti­tion, con­tracts and pric­ing.

Farm­ers are be­ing urged by the UDV to par­tic­i­pate to en­able a full dis­clo­sure of is­sues fac­ing farm­ers who were caught up in last year’s price crash.

‘‘This in­quiry is an im­por­tant step on the path to re­form­ing the dairy in­dus­try so that we can make sure we don’t ever see a re­peat of last year’s milk cri­sis,’’ UDV pres­i­dent Adam Jenk­ins said.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand that th­ese forums are sep­a­rate to the in­quiry be­ing held into the con­duct of milk pro­ces­sors and while it’s dis­ap­point­ing we haven’t had an out­come from that in­ves­ti­ga­tion, this is still a good op­por­tu­nity for farm­ers to speak their minds about the milk cri­sis.’’ ■ The Shep­par­ton con­sul­ta­tions will be held on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 28 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm at the Shep­par­ton Golf Club, 15 Golf Dve.

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