Help shape fu­ture of dairy­ing

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Dairy farm­ers, pro­ces­sors and rep­re­sen­ta­tive or­gan­i­sa­tions are en­cour­aged to have a say and help shape Aus­tralia’s first manda­tory dairy code in Shep­par­ton on Tues­day.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mur­ray Damian Drum urged lo­cal farm­ers and stake­hold­ers to take part and help im­prove con­tracts be­tween farm­ers and pro­ces­sors.

‘‘We need farm­ers and pro­ces­sors in the Goul­burn and Mur­ray val­leys to have their say and make sure the code will work for them and our lo­cal re­gion,’’ he said.

‘‘The code will aim to make con­tracts fairer, more trans­par­ent and en­force a dis­pute res­o­lu­tion process.

‘‘In a re­port re­leased by the Aus­tralian Food and Gro­cery Coun­cil ear­lier in the year, the Mur­ray elec­torate was home to more than $2 bil­lion of eco­nomic out­put in dairy prod­uct man­u­fac­tur­ing.

‘‘The dairy in­dus­try is so im­por­tant to us and a manda­tory code can be the first step to a bet­ter in­dus­try.’’

Fed­eral Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter David Lit­tleproud said the dairy in­dus­try had re­quested a manda­tory code of con­duct.

‘‘This isn’t the sil­ver bul­let and there’s much more to be done, but it’s a good start.’’

The Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture will be in Shep­par­ton on Tues­day at 10.30 am at Shep­par­ton Swans Foot­ball Club rooms, 2 Quinan Pde, Shep­par­ton.

More in­for­ma­tion about the de­vel­op­ment of the code can be found at havey­our­say.agri­cul­ture.gov.au/

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