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TAS Country : August 5th 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010 Tasmanian Country 3 Clydesdales back in town TOURISTS: Michelle Smith, left, and Jeanette Hodgetts with their Clydesdales. Picture: CHRIS KIDD Continued Page 4 THERE will be no shortage of horsepower at this year's Burnie Show when the draught horse section makes a comeback after a year's absence. At the show on October 1-2, there will be more then 28 classes for draught horses held in the main arena over the two days. Draught horse section organisers and enthusiasts Jeanette and Ian Hodgetts are already busy prepar- ing their team of Clydesdales from their Weetreeda Clydesdale Stud near Ridgley. The couple recently returned to the state from Victoria, where they had a very successful couple of years exhibiting their horses at some of the biggest shows. Mr Hodgetts have been involved with Clydesdales for about 50 years. Bid to make vegies big vote carrot KAROLIN MacGREGOR FEARS: Mike Badcock. OUTSPOKEN farmer and vegetable in- dustry advocate Mike Badcock says the country's vegetable processing industry and overall food security should be an election issue. Mr Badcock, who is a director with Sustainable Agricultural Communities Australia, said this week that decades of government neglect meant Australia was in danger of losing its vegetable processing indus- try.McCain's decision to close its vegetable process- ing operation at Smithton in the state's north west means Simplot is now the only Australian vegetable processing company left in the country. Mr Badcock said while Simplot had endeavoured to boost sales and support Australian and Tasmanian growers through a new branding and marketing campaign, there were concerns the company might also be forced to leave the state. ''If McCain made their decision to close their vegetable processing operation here because of economic factors and Simplot is operating in that same market, they're obviously facing a similar economic situ- ation,'' Mr Badcock said. ''And that is a real concern. ''If we lose Simplot, that means we'll be totally dependent on imports for the supply of processed vegetables. ''And from a food security perspective that is a huge worry.'' Mr Badcock said the lack of clear labelling and the fact successive govern- ments had allowed a supermarket duopoly to develop in Australia were significant problems. He said those issues combined with a flood of imported vegetable products into the country could soon contribute to the total demise of the country's processing vegetable industry. Mr Badcock said with the Federal Election looming, now was the ideal time for a debate about long term food security in Australia. ''If we keep allowing im- ported products that do not have to comply with the same quality and pro- duction standards we have to come flooding in, we could soon be totally reliant on imports. ''That is actually quite frightening.'' Mr Badcock said the dominance of the two major supermarket chains meant processors were being squeezed as much as the growers. He said increased public awareness and better origin-of-product labelling were needed to keep the country's remaining vegetable processing industries viable. ''I think a lot of con- sumers just don't know where the food they're eating is coming from,'' he said,. ''And to be honest I think the major supermarkets don't want them to know. ''That's why they're so reluctant to do anything about labelling.'' Mr Badcock said the vegetable process- ing sector was a major contributor to the Tasmanian economy, particularly in the the north west of Tasmania. He said now was the time for candidates to take the issue on and address the many ongoing concerns growers and consumers had. UNBELIEVABLE PRICING $29,900 KUBOTA L3400 TRACTOR &4IN1LOADER JAPANESE QUALITY 34.7hp, Hydraulic wet disc brakes, Farm tyres, 8 forward / 4 reverse transmission TASMANIA FARM EQUIPMENT PTY. LTD. Burnie 6431 3255 Devonport 6424 1511 Hobart 6263 6377 2022633-100806 Smithton 6452 1222 Launceston 6343 1633
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