Farmers disappointed by chemical claims
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.