Sup­port our farm­ers with ham for the fam

Chinchilla News - - NEWS OPINION -

THIS year has been hard on Queens­land farm­ers, so I’m urg­ing fam­i­lies across our state to sup­port our pork pro­duc­ers by buy­ing their fan­tas­tic food.

The Sun­pork Swick­ers abat­toir has made an amaz­ing re­cov­ery from the fire that dev­as­tated the fac­tory in 2016.

It was fan­tas­tic to see Kin­garoy in the spot­light this year with the first ever Ba­conFest – a unique three-day fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing pork pro­duc­ers in the South Bur­nett.

Host­ing lo­cal events like Ba­conFest is a great way to strengthen bush com­mu­ni­ties and di­ver­sify their economies.

Tough mar­ket con­di­tions con­tinue to hit pork-pro­duc­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

The ris­ing cost of feed and a pork over­sup­ply has re­sulted in farm­ers sell­ing their pro­duce for prices far be­low the cost of pro­duc­tion.

A new wave of im­ported low-cost, pre-cooked pork of­fer­ing shelf-lives of up to two years has also made it re­ally tough on our farm­ers.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment pass­ing the new Coun­try of Ori­gin leg­is­la­tion has been a pos­i­tive move for the in­dus­try as con­sumers can now iden­tify lo­cal prod­ucts on the shelves.

Queens­land farm­ers de­serve to be re­warded for their hard work and the best way to do that is to give con­sumers the chance to buy it through clear la­belling.

If you haven’t al­ready bought your ham, take a close look at the la­bel to en­sure you’re back­ing our bush com­mu­ni­ties.

— Deb Freck­ling­ton LNP Leader of the

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