Individually grain producers are virtually powerless to have an impact.
Grain co-operative GrowerCo was formed in Moree on November 23, 2015.
GrowerCo was formed with the intention of delivering supply chain co-ordination and efficiency to the grains industry for the ultimate benefit of its grower members.
They plan to do this through reducing the cost of freight to the Newcastle Port by using the power of grower collaboration.
“A collaborative, common user and large volume approach has been identified as a solution to delivering these cost savings that are currently lost under the present fractured supply chain back to the farm gate,” said Grower Co Director Charles Brett.
“The board has met with many supply chain stakeholders including port, rail and up country storage providers, exporters, traders and growers.
“The overwhelming feedback has been there is a very strong appetite for change,” said Mr Brett.
Membership is open to all growers, grain traders and grain buyers.
GrowerCo will not trade grain.
It is a supply chain solution that poses no threat to the buyers of produce.
GrowerCo worked with CBH in the initial stages of development and due dilligence but will not be partnered with them going forward.
“Grower Co is not working with CBH in any shape or form as we progress forward. CBH have the same opportunity/involvement as any other trader.”
A public meeting will be held March 18 at 3.30pm at the Town and Country Club, Frome Street Moree.
A disclosure statement, Fair Trading certificate and the rules of Grower Co-operative Limited are all available on the website at www.growerco.com.au or find them on Facebook.