DISCUSSION: Sugar Services Proserpine productivity manager Peter Sutherland (centre) explains yellow canopy concerns to QSL board members.
DISCUSSION: Sugar Services Proserpine productivity manager Peter Sutherland (centre) explains yellow canopy concerns to QSL board members. Rory Sheavils

QSL team hears our farmers’ concerns

PROSERPINE cane growers got the chance to voice their concerns on Tuesday during a visit from sugar marketing and logistics firm Queensland Sugar Limited.

QSL chief executive officer Greg Beashel and his team met with Canegrowers Proserpine board members to discus the future of sugar marketing in Australia.

"It's an interaction with them about the sugar market and the future, and an opportunity for our board to hear from the grassroots people out in the regions about what their views are about what they would like their sugar marketing and logistics company to do for them," Mr Beashel said.

The visiting board members also took the chance to visit farms affected by yellow canopy syndrome.

"Certainly we picked up today that it's causing quite a concern for growers because it's not understood what's causing it," Mr Beashel said.

"Our interest in it is what impact it is going to have on the (harvest) tonnage and, of course, we want to see it fixed."

The recent dry weather was also a hot topic of discussion in the meeting.

"There was a lot of concern about the dry weather and the impact that that's going to have on the crop," Mr Beashel said.

"And of course we need to manage that because the expectation about tonnage that we're going to be selling is going to be impacted by the dry weather."

Mr Beashel said he didn't see "any major change in direction" because of the meeting, as it is "just part of the process of engaging with our members and finding out what they want us to do".