What a review of the sugar code means
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.”
KEEP THE CODE: Mark Mammino and other growers from the Isis region want the regulation to stay.