IT WAS interesting to read the article ‘Young farmer planning ahead’ (DM 03/01/19).
Jacob Camilleri realises that success in cane farming is dependent on having an efficient mill that is able to crush the available crop in a reasonable time frame and, most importantly, with a high recoverable sugar index.
This would give the best financial result to both miller and grower.
Unfortunately, the inefficient mills with poor sugar recovery and the reduction in grower cane payments has left many Mackay sugar growers struggling for survival.
I agree with the comment made by Andre Camilleri (DM 03/01/19) that the current generation of farmers are like custodians and with that came responsibility.
However, I just cannot understand why the majority of custodians acted so irresponsibly by enabling the destruction of what the past generations have built up over many years. Vincent Camilleri, Farleigh