Bundy Sugar's bid to secure future
BUNDABERG Sugar has welcomed questions from growers at meetings across the region in a bid to secure the future of the local cane industry.
To keep both Millaquin and Bingera mills viable, the Bundaberg crush needs to rise from its current 1.6 million tonnes to at least 1.8 million, eventually rising to 2 million.
Bundaberg Sugar general manager Ray Hatt said he had been meeting with harvester groups and individual growers.
“Some growers or groups want to work through the technical detail of how we can get the most effective operation going for their properties, while others want to talk through the detail of our range of pricing initiatives,” he said.
“We are listening and responding to their specific needs.”
Mr Hatt said the meetings aimed to further the industry.
“We are not in the business of making empty promises to our partner growers,” he said.
“We will deliver results for farmers in our area, not just for now but into the long term.”
Bucca farmer Peter Melville is a former small cropper who has switched to cane and has signed with Bundaberg Sugar.
“The future three years-plus at least are going to be absolutely excellent for cane growing,” he said.
The Isis Central Mill is encouraging growers to lock in prices for up to six years.