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.
The facilitator of a new program to help empower women with a disability to become leaders in the community says it is time to stand up.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
The Victorian government today guaranteed the future of the National Centre for Farmer Health.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
The Deniliquin Domestic Violence Liaison Committee hosted a community lunch at the ‘Rocket Park’ on Thursday to celebrate the launch of its new banner.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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