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Peter Walsh MP:
Workforce Restrictions on Lamb Meat Processors are Unworkable
If workforce restrictions on meat processors arenít relaxed soon in regional areas local farmers will miss out.
By Portal Admin - 15th September 2020 - Back to News
Letter to the Editor
In good news for 2020, Victorian lamb producers are looking forward to one of the best seasons in years.
But thereís massive concern in the industry that if workforce restrictions on meat processors arenít relaxed soon, particularly in regional areas that have recorded few Ė if any Ė cases of coronavirus, that our local farmers will miss out.
Victorian producers supply nearly half of our nationís sheep and lamb meat.
The spring peak is approaching and meat processors should be ramping up to meet a bump in demand.
But the Andrews Labor Government is refusing to budge on its demand that lamb meat processors operate with just 67 per cent of their workforce.
Laborís Agriculture Minister is arrogantly ignoring warnings from industry that the workforce must be able to operate at 80 per cent to avoid huge pressure on the food supply chain and the risk that supermarket shelves will run low.
In recent years our farmers have faced huge pressure from drought, bushfires and now the COVID19 pandemic. The Andrews Labor Government is now interfering in the lamb market, which is going to crash the price Ė taking money from farmerís pockets at a time they can least afford.
The city-centric Andrews Labor Governmentís pig-headed ignorance is an unnecessary handbrake thatís adding to the challenges currently facing our agriculture sector.
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