Farmers are embracing
plans for a mandatory code of conduct for the dairy industry, while also
highlighting fundamental problems facing the sector they say are being ignored.
Minister David Littleproud announced a draft code this week, saying it would
give farmers more power.
code will be an industry-defining moment so I want all dairy farmers,
processors, and stakeholders to stay involved in shaping it," he said in a
come and go but the mandatory code would help balance the market power between
dairy farmers and processors and improve farmers' bargaining power."
announcement comes after a series of roadshows around the country with farmers,
processors, and others in the industry.
The draft code will
ban retrospective price cuts and exclusive supply deals, and introduce a
dispute resolution process.
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ABC Rural News 16 January 2019