Farmer petition calls for action

19-09-2018 by admin

The plight of dairy farmers is an emergency that requires the action of everyone, Farmer Power presidentChris Gleeson says.

Mr Gleeson isappealingtobusinesses and members of the south-west community tobecome industry champions.

“Every day we are likelyto lose more farmers and the rest won’t hold on for long,” he said.“We need help tocampaign for a decent outcome.”

A Farmer Power petition now circulating the south-west is calling for community action.

Mr Gleeson said an easy way the community could help was make sure they buy Australian dairy products.

“When you’re in the supermarket, make sure you’re buying Australian,” he said.

He also urged people to ask food outlets if they’re using Australian cheese in their products.

“It’s another way to help save the farmers.”

Mr Gleeson said with every day that passed,moredairy farmers were going under.

“Milk supply has already fallen and is set to plummet further,” he said.

Mr Gleeson said in spite of promises and statements from politicians, there had been no action taken to resolve fundamental issues crippling the industry.

“They’re saying that they are doing all they can with welfare subsidies and appeals for bank sympathy but these are inadequate band-aids measures,” he said.

Mr Gleeson said the problems facing dairy farmers were not new.

“Politicians and industry promised urgent action three years ago.”

Mr Gleeson said Farmer Power wasdoing its best to persuadefarmers to hang on.

“Thebenefits from the Free Trade Agreements are not flowing through to farmers,” he said.

“Soonthere won’t be any dairy product to export.We need decisive action to save the dairy industry now.”

Mr Gleeson challengedassumptions that had beenmade by some.

“The average dairy farm is operating at a loss,” he said.

“Farmgate milk price doesn’t increase when the global price goes up and the depreciation of the Australian dollar more than makes up for the depression of global milk price.

“Regulated or deregulated, in the dairy industry there is no free market to negotiate prices, which is why we need an industry review.”

Farmer Power provided politicians three suggestions for possible action.

“They need to announce anindependent review of the Australian dairy industry, introduce a levy on the supermarket milk price to be passed on to farmers and provide animmediate cash injectionto farmers who are struggling,” Mr Gleeson said.

Farmer Power thanked supporters and encouraged them to sign the petitionat

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