Industry needs more action and less talk
DAIRY farmers are being urged to have their say in consultations about the establishment of a mandatory code of conduct for the industry.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, announcing the consultation process last week, said a code of conduct was needed to bring change to the industry.
He said the code would make negotiations between farmers and processors “fairer and more transparent”.
Clarendon dairy farmer Errol Gerber welcomed the announcement of a mandatory code but said while added transparency would be positive, retailers needed to be included.
“It needs to be from one end (of the industry) to the other, so that everyone is included in the same piece of legislation,” Mr Gerber said.
Mr Littleproud said the code would be the first step towards improving the industry.
“It’s not a silver bullet but it’s a good first step. There will be more structural reform to come,” he said.
Mr Gerber agreed a structural reform was needed, but said the time for talk was over.
“There’s been too many talk-fests going on for a number of years about the industry, and nothing has been happening,” he said.
“The farmers and everybody in the community see what the problem is, but they’re all just talking and fluffing around the edges doing nothing.”
Lockyer Valley and Somerset farmers can have their say at Simon’s Tavern in Boonah on Thursday, November 22, from 10am.
ACTION NEEDED: Clarendon dairy farmer Errol Gerber says the announcement of a mandatory code of conduct for the dairy industry is positive, the time for talk is over and real action is needed.