Farmers forgotten in cost-of-living debate

Mar 30, 2022

Farmers forgotten in cost-of-living debate

Mar 30, 2022

KENNEDY MP, Bob Katter, has taken to the floor of Federal Parliament to voice the concerns of North Queensland’s farmers whose plight has been forgotten in the cost-of-living debate gripping the nation.

“Australian farmers have seen costs skyrocket – fertiliser, freight and packaging have nearly doubled in the past 12 months. Urgent action is required,” Mr Katter said.

“For example, medium sized banana farmers who provide work for 25-30 people face monthly bills of around half a million dollars. This equates to around $1.50 per kilo of bananas before the farmers have any return. Farmers receive about 20 cents less (around $1.30kg) but supermarkets charge consumers double (around $3kg).

“Farmers would actually save money if they did nothing but sit around and burn $5 dollar bills.”

The Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) MP called on the Federal Government to urgently act.

“Supermarkets must provide farmers with a minimum price guarantee that is higher than the cost of production,” he said.

“Supermarkets equally need to be accountable for the price increases that they charge Australians.

“We demand a strong Government that doesn’t provide a sugar hit to the Australian public.

“We demand a Government that provides real change to stop large multinational companies from continually taking advantage of our farmers and the Australian public.”