Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Will this be another bodgy 'free range' deal?

The Victorian Coalition Government has announced a grant of up to $50,000 for the Loddon Shire Council's Agribusiness Development Free Range Eggs project.

It's not known what this project is being desinged to achieve but we hope it's not just another scam to con consumers.

"The Free Range Eggs project aims to develop an agribusiness framework, which will result in the establishment of a free range table egg production precinct within the Loddon Shire," said Deputy Premier the Hon Peter Ryan.

"The framework will allow broadacre farmers and former dairy farmers to branch out into egg production through an integrated supply chain and facilitate the investment of at least $7 million into the region," Mr Ryan added.
The Free Range Farmers Assocation and our national body, the Free Range Egg and Poultry Association of Australia, would like to be involved in planning this project to ensure it results in genuine free range production and is not yet another promotion of intensive factory systems masquerading as free range. We have written to Loddon Shire and the Deputy Premier for more information.

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