Producers push for fairer playing field in new Dairy Code of Conduct

21st November 2018

 

Photo: Dairy Farmers and Stakeholders meeting with officials from the Federal Department of Agriculture in Wauchope.

Around 30 local dairy farmers and industry representatives from Gloucester, Manning, Great Lakes, Hastings, Macleay, Nambucca and Dorrigo have taken the opportunity to put forward their views, ideas and suggested measures that should be implemented as part of a new Mandatory Code of Conduct covering the dairy industry.

Officials from the Federal Department of Agriculture were in Wauchope today to listen to the views of Mid-North Coast farmers and stakeholders on how the new mandatory code should look in order to improve help improve contracts between farmers and processors.

Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie who participated in today’s discussions said a new Mandatory Code of Conduct was well overdue, but there were additional measures required to create a better playing field for the dairy industry.

“This code will certainly help provide a more level playing field but I am keen for the processors and the retailers in particular to help become part of the solution top to ensuring our farmers not only become more sustainable, but have the capacity to grow in the future,” Dr Gillespie said.

“If the retailers also don’t start taking greater ownership very soon in helping the dairy industry become more sustainable, then more measures may need to be implemented by government.”

“In relation to the development of this mandatory code, I was keen to ensure local farmers and processors throughout our region had their say to ensure the code will work for them and our local region,” Dr Gillespie said.

“The code will aim to make contracts fairer, more transparent and enforce a dispute resolution process.

“We all know how important the dairy industry is to us here in our region and this is an important first step to helping to secure the industry’s future.”

More information about the development of the code can be found on the have your say websitehttps://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/

People can also email dairycode@agriculture.gov.au or phone 1300 044 940.

 

 

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