Cane welcomes Mick Keogh as new Ag Commissioner

Cane welcomes Mick Keogh as new Ag Commissioner
February 24 2016

Cane welcomes Mick Keogh as new Ag Commissioner

The cane industry has been quick to welcome well-known agricultural figure, Mick Keogh, to his new role as Agricultural Commissioner to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Announced at a press conference by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources the Hon. Barnaby Joyce and Treasurer the Hon. Scott Morrison today, the cane industry says the newly created role is showing real commitment to the proactivity needed to build the vibrancy and competitiveness of Australian agricultural sector and shows some momentum forming behind the implementation of initiatives within the agricultural white paper.

CANEGROWERS says that sugarcane growers will be amongst the many farmers across Australia who will take heart that there is now an individual devoted to investigating their interests in receiving fair treatment in the supply chain.   “It will be reassuring for growers that Mr Keogh brings three decades of experience across the Australian agricultural sector to the role, says Dan Galligan, CEO of peak sugarcane group CANEGROWERS.  “During this time he’s worked in many capacities over many parts of the sector, gaining a deep understanding of supply chain transparency and the mechanisms to build strong agricultural commodities. 

“It is certainly important to us that such a critical role is filled by someone who really understands the complex relationships and processes which go on behind the scenes to build a strong agricultural sector for Australia - from the paddock to the consumer.”

CANEGROWERS has also welcomed the ACCC’s newly established Agriculture Enforcement and Engagement Unit, which Mr Keogh and the other commissioners will work closely with.  “Having a team schooled up on the complexities of the Australian agriculture sector and with broad-ranging investigatory powers is an important plank if we are to continue to innovate and hold Australia up as world class in the competitive world market," says Mr Galligan

Media comment:            Dan Galligan  |  CANEGROWERS CEO |  0429 707 809
More information:          Suzi Moore  |  CANEGROWERS Communications  |  0427 641 139