Sup­port ap­pre­ci­ated

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

The Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Food­bank Com­mit­tee ap­pre­ci­ates the dis­trict’s gen­er­ous sup­port for the Christ­mas Food Par­cel project.

Your gen­eros­ity meant 50 parcels and gifts for fam­i­lies who oth­er­wise may have had a bleaker and lone­lier fes­tive sea­son.

Sin­cere thanks for this gen­er­ous giv­ing of money, time, space in busi­ness premises, from ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions, churches and in­di­vid­u­als – mak­ing this pro­gramme pos­si­ble each year. of time as our con­cerns fall on deaf ears. But we are ap­palled at the rec­om­men­da­tion to de­liver more of our milk to our com­peti­tors who will get it at a dis­count price in the ‘‘shoul­ders’’ of the milk sea­son and make a big­ger profit, and we have to process the peak milk at cost.

If we have to com­ply then at least make the com­peti­tors take their milk all year round.

Com­pe­ti­tion com­pa­nies strug­gle to re­tain sup­pli­ers as their pay-out is not com­pet­i­tive with Fon­terra in the long-term, is the feed­back we get from fel­low farm­ers who have changed back.

The ini­tia­tive of milk in schools we thought was the best way to get milk into less for­tu­nate house­holds as the chil­dren get milk and the decision is taken away from the par­ents as to where to spend their money.

We hope that this let­ter is read and there is a groundswell of dis­con­tent at the lack of dis­re­gard for those who are the pri­mary pro­duc­ers.

Thwack – that is sound of the cheque book hit­ting the end of the drawer or be­ing put away and the end of dis­cre­tionary spend­ing un­til this is­sue is re­solved.

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