This State election Queensland dairy farmers are calling on political parties to guarantee the commitment made earlier this year by the Queensland Government to fund Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO) and develop its Fair Milk Logo.
QDO President Brian Tessmann said that if parties and candidates were fair dinkum about supporting the future of the dairy industry in Queensland, then it was essential that they commit to funding QDO to develop and operate an industry Fair Milk Logo scheme.
“Before the election the Labor Government announced this program and committed funding for QDO to deliver this project to benefit all Queensland dairy farmers,” said Mr. Tessmann.
“Unfortunately, due to election timing and the current caretaker government the final contract was not signed off. This leaves the future of the program in limbo.
“QDO firmly believe that Fair Milk Logo program is an essential component to guaranteeing the future of our industry in this state. Without political support the industry’s future is compromised.”
Further to the Fair Milk Logo, QDO outlined its other major election priorities on behalf of the industry.
“As well as the Fair Milk Logo, securing the future of our industry through a series of measure to return fair returns for farmers is a major issue,” said Mr. Tessmann.
“Industry and governments need to work together to identify concrete ways to fix the imbalance of power between dairy farmers, processors and retailers.
“We need a state government willing to stand up for its dairy farmers including pressing for Federal legislative change.
“On-farm electricity prices too at hurting Queensland dairy farmers and must be addressed. Electricity prices for dairy farmers are 3 and a half times higher than they were 8 years ago. This has made the cost electricity virtually unaffordable for dairy farmers.
“QDO is asking parties to deliver a program that funds the state’s dairy farmers to implement efficiencies for both irrigation and dairy sheds.
“This election QDO is call in all parties to support dairy farmers in this State committing to the Fair Milk Logo, commit to standing up for a fair milk prices and reduced electricity costs.”