IN THE FIELD: Proposed cane supply agreements have been announced.
IN THE FIELD: Proposed cane supply agreements have been announced. Peter Carruthers

Wilmar proposes agreements

IT HAS been eight months since the passing of the Sugar Industry Bill in December last year.

On Sunday Wilmar's north Queensland Executive General Manager John Pratt announced a deal for growers had been reached.

Mr Pratt acknowledged the frustration of growers who had not been able to take advantage of higher than usual sugar prices.

Proserpine Canegrowers Manager Mike Porter said there were some "good" and "innovative" ideas proposed by Wilmar but the fine print needed to be sorted out.

"The Wilmar package looks acceptable (and) something a grower may be interested in (but) we won't be endorsing any particular marketing service," he said.

Wilmar meets with Cangerowers in Brisbane today.

"We will be going through the basic... agreement and how grower choice fits into that agreement," Mr Porter said.

What the process is, how the grower chooses their marketer and how they get paid will all be discussed.


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