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TAS Country : June 7th 2012
18 Tasmanian Country Friday, June 8, 2012 Revamp of Freight Equalisation Scheme overdue JAN Davis is quite right in what she says about the Freight Equalisation Scheme (Tasmanian Country, June 1). The release of the distri- bution of $20 million, as arranged by Andrew Wilkie for the unfair freight equalisation scheme that paralyses Tasmanian exporters com- peting with Victorian ex- porters, is disappointing. The monies were for Tasmanian exporters -- not the railway, not freight studies, nor the Burnie Port. They had made no application at all, nor were they helpful in obtaining the volume of containers shipped from Tasmania to Melbourne for direct ex- port. It is interesting to note that ANL, for Tas- manian exporters, in- creased its charges by 25 per cent without notice in the last month. Who has Tasmanian ex- porters' interests at heart? Not the State Government? Itishightimewehada formal revamp of the Freight Equalisation Scheme -- it has been long overdue. There is no doubt that the Tasmanian rural industry is being unfairly treated. Doug Dickinson Cuthbertson Bros Ltd, Moonah Ditch free trade to protect future THE North-West Coast has the best volcanic soil and highest rainfall in Tas- mania. You can grow anything there. In fact, it's the best possible place in Tasmania to grow any crop. It's the food bowl of Tasmania, yet I notice that our Government, in its wisdom, is letting tenders to provide an irrigation scheme for the Midlands --- the same Midlands with woeful rainfall and stony soil suitable for the most part only for raising sheep. At the moment on the North-West Coast, you can get a free bag of potatoes if you buy a bale of pea straw. Where is the merit of producing more (at a higher cost due to the water) when we can't sell what we produce already because of this free-trade nonsense? For example, how can the Government of the Ap- ple Isle allow our local industry to die while we import New Zealand ap- ples? And the Federal Govern- ment is not immune from this same disease. Look at our car industry. It's dying the death of a thousand cuts because our political ''leaders'' who say they support our car industry really support the very thing that is killing our car industry --- free trade. My view is that a government isn't worth a pinch of salt if it doesn't protect the sovereignty of its own people. We are, in effect, subsidising the developing countries with our own jobs. If it keeps going, Australia will be turned into a giant quarry, and we will be reduced to being little more than a raw materials exporter. It's time to denounce this free-trade treachery, and protect our industries with tariffs. Rod Force Sandy Bay Growers should take charge THE continuing erosion of markets for Tasmanian vegetables and heavy- handed policies (''our way or the highway'') of proces- sors is destroying the fu- ture of the vegetable grow- ing industry in Tasmania. A long-term approach has to be considered to restore confidence and economic stability within this industry. In the US, when dairy farmers in Texas and later in California in 1980s were treated in a similar way to the treatment handed out to Tasmanian vegetable growers, the farmers got together and formed the large dairy company Hil- mar. Farmers all had a share of the equity. Hilmar is now one of the largest cheese manufac- turer in the US. They also process whey into high value proteins and are now independent of the indus- try that kept them poor. Tasmanian vegetable farmers pooling funds, supply, and marketing di- rect to Australia and over- seas outlets without the politics that now burden the industry would create competition, and starve the existing processors of product to the degree where they would have to pay a respectable price to stay in business. A study group could do a feasibility research here and overseas, and bring farmers together to discuss the pros and cons. It seems from what I read and hear that action needs to be considered to take the muscle away from processors and return stab- ility and fair income to the farmers. There's a long way to go, but something should be kickstarted now. J D Rogers Managing director Rogers & Company Foods Ltd, Victoria Your Say Pestivirus is an ongoing risk to your herd, but it's easy to protect them. It takes just two shots of Pestigard , for your females and bulls, to start protecting your herd. And if you protected your herd last year, it's now time for their annual booster. Act now and insure your herd, vaccinate with Pestigard*. For more information speak to your Pfizer Cattle Product Specialist on 1800 335 374. *See product leaflet for details of administration and product claims. www.pfizeranimalhealth.com.au Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd, 38--42 Wharf Road, West Ryde, NSW 2114. ABN 50 008 422 348. Registered Trademark of Pfizer Australia. AM594 PAL0603/TC It s easy to stop pestivirus haunting your herd.
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