Farmers push for electricity rebate

FARMERS have said they should be entitled to an electricity rebate under the Federal Government’s proposed carbon tax.

Farmers at the NSW Farmers’ Annual Conference in Sydney have voted in support of the proposal.

President Charles Armstrong said, like fuel and fertiliser, electricity was a major input in farm businesses.

“Primary producers are largely dependent on electricity for producing, harvesting, drying, cooling, processing and handling,” he said.

“Farmers would be at a major disadvantage under any carbon tax because, unlike other businesses further up in the supply chain, they aren’t able to pass on any increase in their input costs.

“Farmers are price takers for both their inputs and commodities and cannot pass these extra costs onto their customers,” he said.

NSW Farmers’ has voted in support of a power rebate, with IPART forecasting electricity prices to rise by 46 percent under the proposed carbon tax for Integral Energy customers, and 64 percent for Country Energy customers – by 2013.



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