Cane impact could have been worse

THE full impact Cyclone Ului had on the sugarcane industry in the Whitsundays probably won’t be known until harvest time but it is already clear the impact could have been far worse according to Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Ray Hopper.

Mr Hopper was in Proserpine on Tuesday to meet with Canegrowers and said most farmers were reporting that the cane had bounced back well from the initial impact of the cyclone.

“A lot of them are only just able to get around and have a look because it has been so wet,” he said.

“Most farmers are saying they are surprised at how the cane is looking.” During his visit Mr Hopper and Member for Mirani Ted Malone also met with Proserpine Sugar Mill Co-op CEO John Power and Chairman Ian McBean.

Mr Hoppper said it was good to see that the Minister for Primary Industries Tim Mulherin and Premier Anna Bligh had visited the area but he said that he would monitor closely any promises made for assistance.

“Canegrowers aren’t screaming out for assistance or handouts,” he said.

“But if the minister has made any promises I will make sure he is keeping them.”

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