Mo­lasses needed in dry times

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

WITH more than 50 per cent of the state drought­de­clared, the lack of mo­lasses avail­able is hav­ing a se­ri­ous im­pact on farm­ers’ abil­ity to feed their live­stock.

Lib­eral Na­tional Party spokesman on agri­cul­ture Tony Per­rett has called on the Queens­land Govern­ment to fix this cri­sis.

“Mo­lasses is used as a feed sup­ple­ment to bal­ance out cat­tle’s diet dur­ing pro­longed dry (times) and it’s an es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent in our farm­ers’ day-to-day ar­se­nal in get­ting through droughts,” Mr Per­rett said.

“We have a sit­u­a­tion where Queens­land farm­ers can­not get their hands on the es­sen­tial mo­lasses they need to keep their cat­tle alive.”

LNP spokesman on North Queens­land Dale Last said while there were still some iso­lated, lo­calised sup­plies avail­able in parts of north Queens­land, sup­plies were quickly run­ning out.

“When these sup­plies run out we will need a so­lu­tion to keep our gra­ziers go­ing,” he said.

“Hav­ing no mo­lasses at all is sim­ply not an op­tion.

“The Queens­land Govern­ment needs to work with the state’s sugar millers and sup­pli­ers to en­sure our af­fected farm­ers have ac­cess to the mo­lasses they need.”

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