Farmers want more industry research
SUGARCANE growers including those on the Fraser Coast have said yes to form a new research and development company for the industry.
Of the three out of every four growers who voted, 84% were in favour of creating the new Sugar Research Australia to replace three existing research organisations.
Canegrowers chief executive Steve Greenwood said the result showed the industry was innovative and wanted more streamlined research.
"A robust, stable and well-funded research and development system is essential to the Australian sugar industry's competitiveness on the global stage, and the strong result for the sugar poll has demonstrated that growers are ready for the industry to step it up," he said.
The new research body was supported by Maryborough Sugar Factory and Maryborough Canegrowers.
For Fraser Coast growers and millers, it will mean a compulsory levy of 35 cents a tonne of sugarcane if SRA is established.
Mr Greenwood said Canegrowers would now put a submission to federal minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig to form the new industry-owned.
The vote was administered by the Australian Electoral Commission and finished on August 31.
Visit sugarpoll.com.au for more information.
Sugar Research Australia
- SRA will be one streamlined body to replace three existing organisations that were deemed financially unsustainable.
- It is expected to create jobs in regional areas.
- The industry hopes SRA will lead to bigger harvests within the next five years.