CANEGROWERS is urging Queensland’s political parties to adopt a list of clear policy commitments to secure a prosperous future for cane farming businesses and the families and regional communities that rely on them.
“Sugar is Queensland’s second largest agricultural export adding up to $3 billion to the economy each year,” CANEGROWERS Chairman Paul Schembri said. “Tens of thousands of Queenslanders rely on the industry directly and indirectly for their livelihoods.
“To be able to continue as a vibrant and valuable contributor to regional and local economies, our cane farming members need an environment in which their businesses can flourish.
“Our industry’s new and competitive sugar marketing structures have to be maintained, electricity prices must come down and innovation and sustainability need to be supported.
“We are urging our communities to watch the campaigning closely for those candidates and parties which can deliver on these crucial platforms,” Mr Schembri said.
- Cut electricity prices,
- Maintain grower choice in sugar marketing and
- Support environmental sustainability programs without regulating farm practices.