Leading nut processor hits out at ?ineptitude
By HELEN JACK
PACIFIC Plantations general manager Scott McRae has accused the Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) of making inept decisions and mismanaging the industry.
Mr McRae levelled the accusations in a newsletter posted to macadamia nut growers who supply Pacific Plantations' processing operations at Brooklet.
He believes that information supplied to South African growers by the AMS, and funded by Australian growers, reduces Australian growers' competitive edge and lowers the price of Australian kernel on the international market.
"We now have collapsing markets and processors shutting their doors," Mr McRae said.
"I would like to see a completely new group of people who are more equipped to manage and steer the in- dustry through these difficult times.
"It is the tip of the iceberg and there is a lot of discontent amongst other processors.
"We are at a stage now where the industry needs a change; growers will suffer because of declining prices this year."
Mr McRae's comments come after Northern Rivers macadamia nut processor, Macadamia Industries Australia, closed its doors on March 2.