The farming facts
THE brainwashing of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, in relation to the impact of cane farming on the Great Barrier Reef is disturbing to say the least.
Most readers would have been appalled at how the future King of Australia was led up the garden path on his latest visit to Queensland, especially now with our farmers and graziers right in the firing line again as a result of Labor’s proposed tree-clearing laws.
I wonder if the Prince was briefed on that and how these laws will impact the people at the very heart of Queensland’s $20 billion agricultural sector?
Nevertheless, I’m pleased this latest episode of farmer bashing attracted a swift response from my constituent Paul Schembri in his capacity as chairman of Canegrowers.
As Mr Schembri noted, almost 75% of the State’s cane farming areas have voluntarily enrolled in the industry’s best management practices program, Smartcane BMP, which was launched in my electorate in 2013 .... under the then LNP State Government.
Many farmers are also closely connected to their local NRM or catchment group including NQ Dry Tropics, which from my observations as a former member of NQ Dry Tropics, has led the way in its field over many years.
If anyone believes there is some illegal chemical use by farmers, it should be referred immediately to the relevant authorities - not a Prince from 16,000km away whose knowledge of the sugar industry could be written on the back of a matchbox.
With the greatest respects to His Royal Highness, I suggest he visit a cane farm on his next royal visit and that is exactly what I’ll be saying in my first letter to Buckingham Palace.
— Jason Costigan MP Member for Whitsunday