Farm­ers dis­ap­pointed by chem­i­cal claims

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Rural Weekly -

CANEGROWERS has hit back af­ter Prince Charles re­vealed he had heard claims that some farm­ers were us­ing banned chem­i­cals, pol­lut­ing the Great Bar­rier Reef.

The Aus­tralian re­ported that the Prince of Wales said he had been told farm­ers in Queens­land were us­ing chem­i­cals banned 25 years ago, and con­tam­i­nated run-off was wash­ing into the reef.

“He stressed this also hap­pened in the UK,” the re­port said.

Bund­aberg Canegrowers chair­man Al­lan Din­gle said he was “very dis­ap­pointed” by the com­ment.

“The use of agri­cul­tural chem­i­cals is highly reg­u­lated and they are ap­plied ac­cord­ing to the la­bel rate,” Mr Din­gle said.

“It’s il­le­gal not to fol­low the la­bel rate.”

Mr Din­gle said he be­lieved any farmer would be happy to have His Royal High­ness visit their farm to show him how they farmed and what they did to com­bat chem­i­cal run-off.

Canegrowers Queens­land chair­man Paul Schem­bri said if al­le­ga­tions had been voiced to a royal vis­i­tor to that ef­fect, they should also be raised with the ap­pro­pri­ate au­thor­i­ties.

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