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TAS Country : April 19th 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012 Tasmanian Country 5 News Ready if you are, say growers TALL POPPY: Tasmanian Poppy Growers Association president Glynn Williams says the local industry stands to gain hugely if processors pay enough. BRUCE MOUNSTER TASMANIA could benefit from a whopper poppy crop next year -- but only if processors are able to pay farmers more. That was the message from Poppy Growers Tasmania president Glynn Williams ahead of tough price nego- tiations. Mr Williams said increased demand for opiate-derived painkillers, coupled with unattractive prices and bad weather in Europe, could translate into a record Tasmanian poppy area of more than 30,000ha. He said to dedicate so much land to a high-cost and often risky crop, farmers would need to be paid more. Mr Williams said poppy companies Tasmanian Alkaloids, GlaxoSmith- Kline and TPI Industries, already under pressure from the high Aust- ralian dollar and rising factory costs, had to find extra money in the industry for growers. ''Growers are extremely efficient, we can run on the smell of an oily rag, but we can't do it for nothing,'' he said. Mr Williams said many Spanish poppy growers last year switched to more lucrative sunflower and alfalfa crops, contributing to a supply shortfall that augured well for higher prices. Last year's Tasmanian crop was a near record 22,000ha. Offer ends 30/4/12 at participating dealers while stocks last. Not valid with any other offer. Excludes fleet clients. See dealer for details. ON ANY NEW RANGER 800 OR DIESEL BEFORE APRIL 30TH. TOWS MORE, CARRIES MORE, SEATS MORE. 1300 654 142 www.polarisindustries.com.au ACCESSORY KIT INCLUDES • Polaris 4500lb Winch • Front & Rear Brushguards • Lock & Ride Tool Rack • Lock & Ride Cargo Box • Lock & Ride Chainsaw Mount • Alloy Front CV Boot Protectors • Rear View Mirror Affordable fuel crucial, says NFF THE National Farmers Federation this week released its submission on the Federal Government's energy white paper, reinforcing the importance of affordable fuel and energy to the long- term competitiveness of Australia's agricultural sector. Fuel and energy are among the largest costs for Australian farmers, and the spike in fuel prices over the past decade has had a significant impact on the sector, NFF president Jock Laurie said. According to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Econ- omics and Sciences, the cost of fuel and lubricants is about 8-9 per cent of all farm cash costs and the vast majority of that cost is diesel. Including indirect costs puts energy as a proportion of total farm input costs up to almost 50 per cent for some major agricultural sectors. ''In fact, in just one year the fuel costs for Australian farmers jumped 12 per cent -- a significant impact on our competitiveness,'' Mr Laurie said. ''This is why we remain ardent supporters of the fuel tax credit scheme and we are absolutely opposed to any suggestion that the scheme may be scaled back in the Budget.'' Log in for weather website workshops THE new features on the Bureau of Meteorology's website will be ex- plained at two workshops designed to help clear the fog when reading what the weather is going to do today, tomorrow or next week. The weather online workshops are at the Deloraine Online Access Centre on Tuesday and April 30. The free workshops, offered jointly by the Deloraine Online Access Centre and LINC Tasmania Literacy, will be hosted by Bureau of Meteorology weather personality Brendan Mc- Mahon. They will run on Tuesday from 11am to 12.30pm and on April 30 from 6.30-8pm. The website features to be covered include accessing weather information specific to your area, rainfall infor- mation and wind forecasts. The workshops are an ideal way to maximise all the new features on the bureau site. Deloraine Online Access Centre co- ordinator Joanne Eisemann said the workshops would have a farming focus but were open to everyone. ''The workshops are for people of all levels of computing skill, but places are limited, so please book ahead,'' Ms Eisemann said. ''If you have a specific weather question that you would like to ask Brendan, please contact us so that we can make sure it is covered in this interactive workshop.'' Refreshments will be offered at both workshops. For more details or to book a place phone Joanne Eisemann on 6362 3537 (Monday, Tuesday, Friday) or Deloraine literacy co-ordinator Anne-Marie Loader on 6362 3658 (Monday, Thurs- day) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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