21 September 2018
Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, says concerns in the region for the availability of a vital drought supplement are widespread and serious.
Sugar mills across Queensland are reaching the end of their crush period and the molasses they produce from here will be to fill international and domestic contracts. With huge swathes of the state in the grips of drought, Ms Landry says some graziers are very concerned about accessing the popular carbohydrate source.
“I have been contacted by a number of graziers this week who are nervous about keeping their stock healthy after not being able to get molasses deliveries they have been relying on in recent months.
“Graziers across the state are feeding their stock at the moment and a good serve of them would be using molasses and molasses-based products like M8U, products they now must source from elsewhere.
“These graziers have raised further concerns over whether or not they will be able to get the molasses they need from other overseas sources.
“I have taken these concerns to the Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud and I am pleased to say that import protocols do exist for molasses and that there are importers who currently hold licenses to import molasses into Australia.” Ms Landry said.
“An extensive process is able to be undertaken by importers with the Department of Agriculture and I encourage them to do so; the sooner the paper work is done, the sooner the molasses can arrive.”
Ms Landry added she was aware that grazing peak body, Agforce Queensland Farmers were contacting their members regarding organizing a shipment.
“I’m very pleased to see Agforce stepping up to support their members, especially at this time of need.”
“Let’s hope our graziers are able to source a shipment before their own stores run out.”