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Farmers speak up

THE VOICES of Armidale producers will reach all corners of the state next week, when local delegates speak at the NSW Farmers Association conference.
Nanjing Night Net

Armidale District Council of NSW Farmers chairman Andrew Cameron praised the conference as a positive platform for discussion within the agricultural industry.

“It’s a really efficient way for all NSW farmers to have a voice,” Mr Cameron said.

This year, Armidale District Council will be bringing forth motions targeting political, financial and economic issues affecting local farmers.

Delegates would be pushing for the association to realign its apolitical stance and move away from a singular policy

orientated perspective. Mr Cameron credited the organisation on continuing to maintain a strong working relationship with the Australian government.

“We have to work with all sides of government which we do very effectively … [but] it seems a lot of the conference is dedicated to policy.”

Mr Cameron said the Armidale District Council wanted to ensure all members received a chance to speak at the conference.

“It’s a shame because some people miss out with a very good motion,” Mr Cameron said.

The NSW Farmers organisation is a group focused on

representing farmer’s interests and providing a pathway between government and farmers.

Mr Cameron said delegates would be discussing the necessity for equitable interest rates between housing and farming loans.

“It has a huge bearing on whether banks will lend you the money, especially in the current economic climate,” Mr Cameron said.

“There’s a bit of disparity between interest rates and finance when buying regional property and buying in the city.”

The Armidale District Council encourages local farmers to join the NSW Farmers organisation.

“It’s really important that all NSW farmers are a member,” Mr Cameron said.

“It is a great representative [body].”

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