Unite to fight for farmers
THE time has come for long-term, bipartisan, visionary action to be taken on behalf of our farmers.
For decades primary producers have had to deal with an increasing number of inequities as they battle against the elements to make a living.
Whether it’s a dairy farmer being told by a processor he has to return thousands of dollars paid for his product because the farm gate price is retrospective, to beef producers dealing with a lopsided market that seems to favour processors and buyers rather than the producers themselves, or anyone who has to export in this world of free trade to countries and trading blocks that set tariffs to suit themselves and dump their exports onto our market below their own production cost.
Federal Governments of both persuasions have largely put their support for agriculture into inquiries and reports with little meaningful action afterwards, or announce millions of dollars in aid – normally in the form of low-interest loans or one off cash grants that might stave off total disaster for a few months but is no solution. Local farmer John Conroy contacted the
basically to say he has had enough. He has called on locals to put pressure on MPs, financial institutions, governments at every level, authorities to get Australian agriculture back to where it should be.
Issues such as energy, climate change, recurring events such as drought, all seem too hard to tackle long term and certainly don’t have bipartisan support.
For example better use of environmental water in times of crisis, not just token one-off announcements or selling to the highest bidder, energy solution alternatives which have been avoided for more than a decade, even get-out options for those on the land that need to change their operation altogether.