Menu
News

Sweet deal! McVeigh promises changes towards raw sugar

QUEENSLAND cane farmers are buoyed by news that Minister for Agriculture John McVeigh has answered their passionate calls to take action to fix the market failure which is ripping confidence from the state's cane growers and placing their futures at the mercy of monopoly millers.

Yesterday, Dr McVeigh said the state government didn't have the legislative power to force sugar milling companies to re-negotiate with growers the terms of raw sugar marketing.

However speaking in Ingham today, Dr McVeigh told growers that if millers do not re-enter negotiations around marketing of Queensland's sugar in good faith and growers are left disadvantaged, they will take legislative action. 

Canegrowers Queensland chairman Paul Schembri welcomed the announcement.

"It is a much needed assurance that (growers) will not be left exposed to the commercial imbalance of power which has been wrested from them by the mills," Mr Schembri said.

Topics:  cane growers ingham john mcveigh state election 2015 sugar


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Region faces wild wind

DESTROYED: Half of the roof of the Moranbah home was ripped off from the 104km/h wind.

Moranbah residents say weather is worse than the cyclone.

Heroic rescue saves life

CLOSE CALL: Leslie Cruthers and Buddha at the spot the playful pup fell into the Nogoa River.

Kayakers rush to save dog walker clinging to riverbank.

National super star at age 13

Competing in Rotorua, New Zealand earlier this year.

Dingo local takes on international motocross competition.

Local Partners