What a re­view of the sugar code means

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

CHAIR­MAN for Cane­grow­ers Isis and a third gen­er­a­tion farmer, Mark Mam­mino knows all to well the strug­gles the in­dus­try went in 2014.

“It threat­ened the long-term vi­a­bil­ity of Queens­land Sugar Lim­ited and that was ex­posed when Wil­mar pulled out,” he said.

The re­gion held a pub­lic hear­ing into the Sugar Code of Con­duct Re­view on Mon­day. Mr Mam­mino said de­spite the small at­ten­dance grow­ers still wanted the code main­tained.

“Peo­ple are har­vest­ing, plant­ing, it’s dry and peo­ple are try­ing to ir­ri­gate their crops,” he said.

“The big­gest is­sue they’ve raised is they don’t want to be go­ing back to the risk of be­ing dic­tated by mills over who should mar­ket their sugar.”

He said he wouldn’t like to know what the men­tal health of farm­ers would be like with­out the code.

“Our prices aren’t the best, it’s dry and if we didn’t have the lux­ury of the Sugar Code of Con­duct I think we’d see them un­der more pres­sure which would prob­a­bly lead to men­tal health is­sues.”

PHOTO: FILE

KEEP THE CODE: Mark Mam­mino and other grow­ers from the Isis re­gion want the reg­u­la­tion to stay.

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