Australians have been warned that they will have to pay more for fresh food in the wake of the bushfire crisis and supermarkets are being urged to do what they can to support their suppliers.
On Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie called on supermarkets to step up and support farmers.
“In terms of prices of food, you might have seen reporting that supermarkets are letting the Australian public know that they’ll have to pay more for their red meat. Yes, you will,” she said.
McKenzie said milk processors are doing “the right thing by farmers”, by paying milk cheques when in many cases they’re not getting the product.
“It’s up to the supermarkets to not just talk about being the fresh food people, but get on with supporting in a very real and tangible way because farmers don’t grow food for free. It’s a business. I know we like to get all a bit romantic about it, but the reality is it is a business,” she said.
Today, we’re asking if you think supermarkets need to dig deeper to support their long term relationship with Australian farmers.