The Ag/Hort industry has long been a forgot part of our community. Minister Ludwig is just not getting it that poor policies and deplorable decisions are having a disastrous effect on our industry and our communities as a whole.
The latest assault of the fruit production industry is detailed here in an interview on radio.
This follows from the crippling of the cattle industry recently, now another primary sector is facing a bleak future.
This is going to be an Australia wide issue. The result of this will be the loss of safe Australian produce on our shelves, sky rocketing prices that are estimated to rise 300-400% and the only option of imported produce, from God knows where.
Imported 'fresh' produce is only tested at a rate of around 5%. Some still use chemicals banned here 20 years ago like DDT, and fertilise with raw human excrement. Most do not have the safety regiments we have in place here.
We are raging against it in the West, and it has made 6PR morning program 3 days in a row, on the ABC mid week, as well as an opinion piece from Paul Murray in Saturday's West Australian. Please spread the message around the country.
There is a facebook page you can like.
It is important you raise your concerns to Joe Ludwig at email@example.com
Every email counts, we need the communities help.
Please like the FB page and share it with everyone, and write to Ludwig and make every person you have met in your life write too, then make them pass it on. Our situation is critical, we only have 5 weeks to resolve this before harvesting starts.
Relate your imported produce concerns back to our potential fruit fly pandemic, that will affect us if the Minister does not intervene.