Ausbuy chief executive Lynne Wilkinson said loss of ownership of land and food processing equated to loss of control.February 19, 2013 4:10am
Ausbuy chief executive Lynne Wilkinson said loss of ownership of land and food processing equated to loss of control.
Ms Wilkinson told last week’s Tongala dairy crisis meeting the Australian agricultural industry should strive to retain ownership, to ensure decisions, profits, jobs and reinvestment stayed in the country.
‘‘The ACCC has deliberately dismantled control and assets beyond the farmgate,’’ she said.
Ms Wilkinson said every major food commodity except rice was controlled by foreign interests.
‘‘We talk about deregulation, and what we have done is take control out of the supply chain,’’ she said.
She said 75 per cent of our dairy brands were owned by foreign interests.
Ms Wilkinson said Free Trade Agreement was a misnomer.
‘‘The issue is they are not free trades, they’re on their terms, not ours,’’ she said.
She gave the example of the Free Trade Agreement with the United States, which saw Australian products competing against American products that had been government subsidised.
‘‘How can they sell food that has been imported when farmers are being told to dig their trees into the ground?
‘‘Between you and the big two (supermarkets), global companies are having a party — and if they’re not having a party with you, they will leave.’’
According to Ausbuy research, on-farm income has been in decline for the past 20 years.
She congratulated Farmer Power on bringing farmers together and said it was the start of an exciting journey.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon at the fish and chip shop.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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