Norco addresses milk inquiry

NORTHERN Rivers-based agricultural co-operative Norco has addressed a senate inquiry into milk pricing this morning.

The inquiry has been sparked as a result of a price war between the major supermarket chains which has resulted in a dramatically decreased retail price.

Greg McNamara, chairperson of Norco, said the company spoke for 45 minutes before the inquiry.

“We summarised our position, they asked us questions and for more information on the costs of production, processing and delivery,” Mr McNamara told The Northern Star.

“This is a significant issue for the farming sector.

“We’ve been through droughts and floods, and now price increases for farming inputs, such as the costs of grain, fertilizer, fuel and electricity.

“At some point there needs to be some consideration of farmers absorbing these costs.

“Farmers will not tolerate having to borrow more money to continue farming, they will actually exit the industry.”
 



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