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From the Editor's Desk
New exit sought
Some people may think the purchase of the Loxton Winery by a large overseas company, was a positive move as regards the Riverland growers and the local economy. We'd rather be cautious about that because we have seen quite a few large overseas companies taking over Riverland fruit companies in recent years but that didn't bring any joy to our local growers.
We urge the Government to monitor the way the wineries (and other fruit companies) operate and ensure that our local growers are given a fair go. That's if, at least, some of our growers are to survive. For those who are not going to survive, the Governments must start thinking what's going to happen after the end of March 2012 - in terms of assistance or exiting the industry - when the Exceptional Circumstances (EC) scheme runs out in the Riverland.
Our very proud community was created about 120 years ago on the foundations of an irrigated fruit growing settlement and exiting schemes are not the type of solutions that we prefer to have. But, we also realise that unfortunately our options are very limited.
State Minister for Agriculture, Michael O'Brien must be commended for his support and willingness to ask Federal Minister Ludwig to extend the exit grant scheme but we'd like to suggest that the conditions of the scheme be reviewed.
An exit scheme which will allow growers to stay on their land would be much more effective than a scheme which sets as a pre-condition, the sale of the property. It could assist unviable growers to move on, pursue new employment opportunities and be productive and independent once again.
If growers are expected to find buyers for their farms in the current economic conditions, that's not going to happen and they will continue to be suppliers of cheap winegrapes to the wineries until they are forced out by the banks.
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