Help shape future of dairying
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/