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TAS Country : August 5th 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010 Tasmanian Country 9 www.ranbuild.com.au Call your local accredited Ranbuild Dealer today: 1300 RANBUILD at the Steel ice Rise -- Order our Shed Now! 20810 Call to milk the momentum' BLAIR RICHARDS Continued Page 10 DAIRY farmers are being urged to milk the momentum gained by their battle with National Foods to pressure major political parties to adopt the findings of a Senate inquiry into milk pricing. Greens Senator Christine Milne said it would be a waste of farmers' hard work if the report, called ''Milking it for all it's worth,'' was not followed up. Senator Milne was on the committee that made the report, along with Tasmanian senators Liberal Richard Colbeck and Labor Kerry O'Brien. ''Governments can sometimes take up to two years before they even respond to a senate report, let alone implement the findings,'' she said. ''So, when I went and spoke to dairy farmers at Smithton I said this report won't go anywhere if you don't get a commitment. ''Dairy farmers put a huge amount of effort into the senate inquiry that we had into the industry and all the problems with it. ''The result was a series of rec- ommendations that went way beyond the dairy industry.'' The Senate Economics References Committee found the Trade Practices Act should be changed ''to protect those parties participating in industries dominated by multi-national corpor- ations'' and to stop companies ''abusing market power''. It said collective bargaining pro- visions in the Act could be strength- ened to enable fairer negotiations, and the Act should have ''specific anti-price discrimination provisions'' reinstated. It found the Act should define the term ''market power'', which would make prosecutions of companies for abuse of market power far more likely. It also recommended the Australian Competition and Consumer Com- mission investigate the implications of growing supermarket house-brand sales, including the effects on farmers' viability. Senator Milne said although the storm of public attention surrounding News POP TO IT: Poppy planting begins at Sassafras this week. Picture: CHRIS KIDD Poppies pitch for a record KAROLIN MacGREGOR PLANTING of what could be a record poppy crop has begun across Tasmania. After an extremely difficult planting season last year because of record wet conditions, the state's poppy companies are hoping their crops will go in a little more smoothly this year. It is still early in the planting season, but some crops are already in the ground. GlaxoSmithKline research and field operations manager Mike Doyle said the company had sown quite a few crops in the south and planting in the north was also under way. ''It's going quite well, the only concern at the moment is with the southern crops, we'd really like to see a good rain or two on them in the next couple of weeks to get them going,'' he said. Extremely dry conditions in many parts of the state's south at present is a complete contrast to last year when record rainfall delayed planting in many areas. Mr Doyle said after difficult conditions for four years, growers were hoping for a good season. ''I think we're about due for a good season after three years of drought and then last year when it was so wet and then got so dry, it's been a challenge for some growers, so hopefully this year will be a bit easier,'' he said. Mr Doyle said planting would get into full swing over the next four to five weeks. ''We'd like to have most of the crop in by the middle of September if we can,'' he said. ''It's going to get fairly busy from now on.'' GlaxoSmithKline is hoping to plant about 10,000ha of poppies this year. Tasmanian Alkaloids field operations manager Rick Rockliff said about 15 per cent of the company's crop was now in the ground. He said some areas in the north were still too wet to plant, but so far conditions were quite good. ''It's still very early so we're not worried at all,'' he said. ''I would anticipate all things being equal we should be in for a good season this year.'' Tasmanian Alkaloids will grow about 12,000ha of crop this year. Included in that area will be some commercial sized crops of the company's new Tasman variety which produces codeine naturally.
August 12th 2010