3 March 2017
2017 contracts a step closer for growers
The news of a high-level agreement between Wilmar Sugar and QSL has been welcomed by peak sugarcane farming organisation CANEGROWERS as an important step towards key contracts being in place for the 2017 season.
We understood that going into yesterday’s government-sponsored mediation the parties had only one or two issues left to resolve.
On behalf of the 1500 growers which supply Wilmar Sugar mills, CANEGROWERS now urges both QSL and Wilmar to diligently work through the task of drafting contracts based on this agreement.
Only when their On-Supply Agreement is finalised can grower collectives finalise their Cane Supply Agreements with Wilmar and our members can progress to signing contracts. On this matter, CANEGROWERS thanks its members for their patience and urges them to continue to take advice from their local office and directors.
CANEGROWERS appreciates the efforts of the many strong political leaders who have exerted pressure over the past two years and helped bring the industry to this important step – Federal and Queensland MPs representing sugar seats, the Liberal National Party Queensland Opposition, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.
CANEGROWERS thanks the Queensland Government for its provision of the mediator who took charge of yesterday’s important meeting between QSL and Wilmar.