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Speakers reaffirm support for farmers,
By ASHLEY WALMSLEY
TASMANIA turned on its best
cool weather for the 2012
Convention, Trade Show and
Awards for Excellence.
Held last month at the Wrest Point
Hotel Casino, Hobart, hundreds of
delegates heard from conference
speakers delivering opinions, research
results and industry updates.
Keynote speaker, Australian
Workers' Union national secretary
Paul Howes called for more support
for farmers and food producers,
while urging the government to
improve food security.
He also addressed the need for
improved country-of-origin labelling
AUSVEG chairman John Brent
said the COL laws were confusing
and insufficient for Australian con-
"We welcome the comments made
by Mr Howes as part of his keynote
address," he said.
Mr Brent also identified that there
was a need for the Federal
Government to act to break-up the
retail duopoly that existed in
Australia and discussed the need for
Australian consumers to know where
their food was coming from.
"Hearing Mr Howes' concern for
Australian growers who are forced to
accept incredibly low prices for their
produce is incredibly heartening and
I support his call for action in regards
to this duopoly," Mr Brent said.
In his address, Elders chief execu-
tive officer Malcolm Jackman warned
against a "short-termism" approach
by industry and the media and
encouraged them to look beyond the
issues encountered with local super-
markets to the opportunities in Asian
The convention program included
a range of social interaction activities,
including a 'great debate, celebrity
luncheon and even an historic pub
Colour and information beamed
from within the trade display area as
exhibitors showcased their best prod-
ucts and ser vices.
COL laws slammed as con-
Jackman warned against a
'short termism' approach
Curb powers of major retail
THE AUSVEG convention in Hobart was an outstanding success with
speakers upfront about the horticulture industry's problems and potential.
Ben Coombe, Nufarm, with David Farmer and Andrew Craigie,
chairman, Tasmanian Vegetable Growers Council.
Tahshi Payne, FarmOz, with
Charlie Horder, general
manager, Ace Olsson.
Mike Lamond, Good Fruit and
Vegetables and SA Grower,
with Nicole Fernandes, Perth
Richard Gorman and Darren
McPhan, South Pacific Seeds.
Annie Smith and Joanna Wren,
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