Rising prices cripple farmers

"LIBS vow to boost food exports", The Advertiser, Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Sounds good but the heading should read “Libs vow to boost food production”.

But how are we going to do it when power prices are so high and makes it very costly to run our pumps?

When the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) are restricting our water use on our freehold properties, and now metering dams two million litres and over in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges?

When you put a meter on something, the next step is to charge and in this case it will be for water that falls freely from the sky.

And by the way, we have paid for our infrastructure and now DEWNR want to put low-flow bypasses on certain dams, making water less available for food producers to grow a clean healthy food product for this country and export market.

Unless these restrictions are stopped immediately, we will not be able to grow enough food for ourselves, let alone the export market.

Come and speak to the food producers and get it straight from the horse’s mouth.

- Peter Manuel, executive director, FLAG Australia, Strathalbyn

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