Coles is forced to pay $5million to drought-stricken farmers after an investigation found the supermarket giant ripped them off over the price of milk
Supermarket giant Coles has been forced to pay Norco dairy farmers more than $5million after allegedly failing to pass on the full price rise it charged customers for milk. The payout follows an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that found Coles did not pay Norco a 10 cents per litre price rise.Coles told shoppers in March it was increasing the price of its own Coles brand milk, supplied by Norco, to raise money for drought-stricken farmers. The grocery retailer vowed in marketing materials that the extra money would be passed straight on to dairy farmers and milk processors.
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Agri SA has called for relief for farmers who have been hardest-hit and devastated by the ongoing drought . Despite plenty of rain over recent weeks in various parts of the country, South Africa's farmers are still experiencing the worst drought in a decade.
Drought-hit farmers in South Australia will share in a $21 million support package from the state government.
The package will help fund rebates on council rates, pastoral lease rent relief, an expansion of the Rural Financial Counselling Service and a rebate scheme for emergency water infrastructure.
"Our primary producers are the backbone of the state's economy and when drought hits there is a ripple effect that impacts individual farmers, families and regional communities," Premier Steven Marshall said on Tuesday.
Coles to pay $5.25m to dairy farmers after failing to pass on drought levy
Coles will pay dairy farmers at least $5 million after the competition watchdog found the supermarket giant failed to pass on a drought levy on fresh milk. About 200 dairy farms will receive $10,000 each after the ACC threatened to take Coles to court for short-changing its own brand milk supplier since April. In March, Coles announced it would be increasing the price of its own milk by 10 cents per litre to raise money for drought-stricken farmers However complaints were made that Coles wasn’t paying farmers the amount it promised.The competition watchdog said farmers who missed out would be fully compensated.
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"The dedicated $21 million drought support program is designed to help reduce the immediate burden on our farming community and assist our farmers get through this drought.
"This package builds on the support measures already in place and we will continue to work constructively with industry and federal and local governments to ensure assistance is targeted and effective."
In some parts of SA, especially the north, farmers have reported conditions are the worst they have ever experienced.
While further south, there has been more rain but falls have been sporadic with some areas getting little or no relief from the big dry.
Primary Producers SA chairman Rob Kerin welcomed the state government's package.
"There are a percentage of farmers greatly affected by drought and this assistance will help them, and supplement the Federal Government Household Support," Mr Kerin said.
Desperate calls for unity in Qld drought .
Drought gripping almost 70 per cent of Queensland has prompted the body representing the state's local governments to call for unity on water security. Local Government Association Queensland boss Greg Hallam urged the prime minister and Queensland premier on Tuesday to work together on water security after eight additional areas in the state were drought declared. Mr Hallam said the drought should be at the top of the agenda for both federal and state governments and urged Scott Morrison and Annastacia Palaszczuk to consider their drought and water security strategies.