Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Bleak Time for Food Producers

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Bleak Time for Food Producers

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HANDS up anyone that has heard or read any policy statements from the two main political parties concerning agriculture.

It is ironic that at the time of writing I have only heard the local Greens party talk about saving regional agricultural land for food production into the future.

In days gone by the lands of the Bellingen, Orara Valley and associated hinterlands have been used for providing abundant food.

Irrespective of whether it is land deemed to be category 1 (the very best), 2, 3, and even areas of 4 it can be cultivated, fertilised and used to produce food.

In the past corn, veges, citrus and dairy products were carted to the Coffs Jetty and sent to Sydney and other markets.

We have the soil, we have the rainfall, so what happened?

The causes are bound up in costs of production, values of land and sales for rural lifestyle living, poor prices compared to what can be imported from other areas and countries and sold at the a[approximately]convenience' shopping supermarkets.

Productive land must be saved from subdivision where potential food production would be lost. Not like the Nepean Valley a covering rich soils and a traditional food bowl with houses. It's the future, not the now or even near future we have to worry about.

What really has put paid to much local production is the supermarkets and their ways of sourcing their products. These are responsible for marketing about 60 per cent of the red meat and 70 per cent of veges sold in Australia.

They have just announced they are going to reduce prices to the consumer for the food sold. And how do you think they are going to do this? It won't be by decreasing their profits. The only real way will be by paying less for the raw products or buying them cheaper and in quantity from other countries. As if our farm gate prices could go any lower!

What are the a[approximately]powers that be' doing to our farmers? They are sending them out of production. …

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