Farmers, Retailers Meet to Discuss Sustainability

AUSTRALIA - The Western Australian Farmers Federation (WAFarmers) has continued its work to facilitate a better deal for Western Australian farmers by meeting with representatives of Coles supermarket. WAFarmers President, Dale Park, said the representatives discussed the future sustainability of the Western Australian dairy and livestock industries.
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“It is important for retailers to be aware of the pressures that producers are experiencing within their operations,” Mr Park said.

“After long running discussions, it is apparent that Coles is receiving the message and looking for strategies to improve the long term sustainability of the WA dairy and livestock industries.

“We welcome Coles’ commitment that better farm gate returns are fully taken into account in cost price negotiations between Coles and its milk processors in line with rise and fall clauses in supply contracts.

“Coles has also indicated that they are eager to work cooperatively with WAFarmers in implementing the recommendations made in the Wesfarmers commissioned “Fresh Opportunities” Report.”

Mr Park said this was positive news for the dairy industry.

“As a result of WAFarmers lobbying, Coles recognises that the domestic market is the backbone for the WA dairy industry and is committed to the ongoing viability of the domestic sector,” he said.

“Primary producers and consumers are the most vital elements of any supply chain and in some respects, many of our concerns are very similar.”

WAFarmers is committed to the long term viability of the WA dairy and livestock industries and will be working together with Coles to encourage greater transparency through the beef, dairy and lamb supply chains.

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