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.



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