Originally Posted by Factor
You sure about that? As far as I was aware unlike overseas growers, no subsidies paid, other than flood and similar natural disaster relief.
Both svseachange and Barra are well off target and behind the times and quoting info on cane farmers that is 30 years out of date. Also been diving
the GBR and Coral Sea
I am currently a canefarmer for last 40 years until I can trade
my farm in on a catamaran
(ASAP if not earlier) to start cruising.
Australia is possibly only sugar industry in world without any subsidies what so ever
. There was a relative small tarriff that was removed some time around 30 years ago. We currently export sugar to Korea
at 38% tariff which is similar to the assistance the USA industry receives. The new free trade
agreement announced this week with Korea
means the tariff of 38 % will be gradually reduced over some 15 years hardly a level playing field. Also similar with Japan
sugar from us.
The whole of the Queensland
sugar industry with the exception of the Burdekin district uses green cane harvesting and zero tillage in ratoon crops which is a significant and massive change in practise since your experience with the industry in the past drastically reducing the runoff into the GBReef lagoon
If any of you know the Cairns area will know that the sugar cane fields between Redlynch at the back of Cairns south beyond Edmonton have been replaced by housing and golf courses. If there is any change to the GBR in that area it is by the increases to housing and tourism visits to reef not by cane farms that have significantly reduced in area and use nowdays greatly improved farm practices during the last 30-40 years.
Don't know too many of the 4000 remaining canegrowers that are swanning about in million dollar mansions these days unless they are part time cane farmers working at the coal mines. Many these days have 15 year old 4x4's like mine.