The Government will not be making any more cash payments to the broccoli industry.
The broccoli industry has been hit by the carbon price since the carbon levy took effect on January 1st.
The government’s policy has been to take money out of the industry for a number of years and make the cash payments, but the broccoli producers have been struggling to cope.
This is the third time the government has made the cash payment, with the first three payments coming in January 2018 and the fourth one in February.
This has meant that the producers have had to pay more than $500,000 more to the government to cover the costs of complying with the levy.
The Government says that these cash payments will not affect the overall cost of the scheme, which is estimated to be about $1 billion.
In an interview with ABC Radio Melbourne, the Minister for Agriculture, Resources and Forestry, Paul Fletcher, said the cash relief would help farmers meet their emissions reduction targets.
“We will be paying some cash to the industry to help offset the cost of this CO2 pricing regime, and I think it will help farmers who are trying to meet their targets,” he said.
“They’ll have a little bit of cash coming in to help them meet their carbon reduction targets.”
However, farmers are worried about the cash benefits and want to know how much more they can expect to be paid.
“If I were a broccoli farmer, I would be very upset about that,” farmer Greg Hulme told ABC Radio.
“I would be worried about that, and that’s why I’d be asking the Department of Agriculture and the Department to give me some guidance as to what the impact of that would be, and what the money that was supposed to be being paid out would actually be.”
Farmers also said they were concerned about the impact on local communities, and the impact it would have on other crops that they grow.
“The people who produce the broccoli and the other things that we grow, that’s their livelihood, and they’re not just going to go into debt just to have a small piece of money that they can pay out,” farmer Mark Smith said.
Mr Hulmes said he was concerned about any increase in the price, and if it went beyond the $1 million mark, he would be prepared to make a “no comment”.
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