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TAS Country : January 26th 2012
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, January 27, 2012 News Cash bonus for dairy farmers HEATHER STACY From page 3 balanced mix of brands, customers and markets was serving the company well in current market conditions. ''We are experiencing strong demand from our bulk ingredient and export customers, particularly ac- ross high value product categories such as nu- tritional powders. ''Dairy commodity prices have remained firm over the past couple of months well above the $2862 ($US3000) a tonne mark and we are pleased to have made the most of this for the benefit of our far- mer suppliers. ''The domestic retail market remains very com- petitive but our popular consumer brands such as Western Star butter, CalciYUM and Ski yoghurt are holding their leader- ship positions in that en- vironment, which is pleas- ing,'' Ms Stacy said. Fonterra's latest price increase applies to all cur- rent Victorian and Tas- manian suppliers and will be backdated to July 1, 2011. ''The outlook for the re- mainder of this season is good and we see further upside still to come which bodes well for a strong finish to the season. ''We expect to close well within Dairy Australia's forecast final price range of $5.10 to $5.50 per kilogram of milk solids,'' Ms Stacy said. Fonterra will aim to pass on any improvements in market conditions to its farmer suppliers through the next six months in order to help them get ready for the 2012-13 season. ''We're priming our business for growth in or- der to meet the strong customer demand we'll see through 2012-13, and we'll be looking to give our suppliers the cash flow and confidence they need to grow volumes as we prog- ress through the remain- der of this season,'' she said. No farmer ROGER HANSON BOB BROWN: The Greens leader says jobs can be created in regional areas to replace those lost from forestry. FARMERS have been left out of the equation in a report on the inter- governmental forest peace deal. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers' Association (TFGA) chief Jan Davis said a report commissioned by Greens leader Bob Brown discusses food and food processing, but without any input from farmers. The report projects opportunities that could possibly flow from the Regional Development Fund associated with the Tasmanian Forests Inter- Governmental Agreement (IGA). The report said job generation could focus on food and wine, high-end niche manufacturing and wilderness and nature experiences. ''While the report is interesting, and we always welcome ideas to create jobs in the primary sector, it is very light on details,'' Ms Davis said. ''The report talks about food pro- duction and processing, but it doesn't talk about how farmers are involved in that process. ''Farmers were not consulted in preparing the report even though agriculture is a vital part of any jobs growth in Tasmania.'' Ms Davis said they were getting mixed messages from the Greens. ''On the one hand they are talking up food production and processing as a job creation pathway; but on the other they're making it harder and harder for farmers to go about their lawful business. We need them to be clear about their position,'' Ms Davis said. The report suggests the possible Job training on wheels A NEW mobile training centre could give people working in agriculture ac- ross the state better access to computers and expertise through the National Broadband Network. The mobile training centre is run though the Skills Institute as part of a nationally funded project. Skills Institute edu- cational technology specialist Janet Fearns said the mobile training centre could revolutionise apprenticeship training in rural workplaces where, in many cases, training expertise is limited and access to computers is often non-existent. The trial project will begin next month with visits to three NBN areas in the state: Smithton, Scottsdale and Midway Point. Ms Fearns said this would provide the oppor- tunity for remote teaching in a virtual classroom en- vironment, in areas such as horticulture, hos- pitality, human services and natural resources. The MTC is equipped with 15 computers. A significant advantage of the MTC will be that apprentices will not have to travel away from the workplace for compulsory training units. Through the NBN, the MTC can make use of technology such as simul- taneous audio and video streaming to enable live questioning and feedback, live link-ups with industry experts and workplace simulations. DairyTas executive offi- cer Mark Smith said the MTC would enable access to a wider network of industry trainers and ex- perts. ''This includes linking in with Victoria where more specialised dairy training resources are available.'' PREMIUM JAPANESE TRACTORS The EA2400 is a 24hp sub compact tractor. 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