Urgent caution needed on fertiliser deeds

31 Mar, 2010 11:48 AM
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THE Western Australian Farmers Federation (WA Farmers) is urgently cautioning farmers affected by changes to fixed price fertiliser contracts against signing a deed of variation currently being proposed by Superfert Pty Ltd.

Philip Brunner, Partner of Kott Gunning Lawyers, WA Farmers legal team, has urged farmers to carefully consider what they are being asked to sign by Superfert, as it may affect their ability for future recovery.

This caution follows extensive feedback from WA Farmers members that Superfert, a fertiliser supplier to the Western Australian marketplace, is attempting to increase the price of fertiliser despite a pre-existing ‘fixed price’ contract.

“While there is clearly a need for farmers to secure their supplier of fertiliser ahead of the impending cropping season, Kott Gunning Lawyers believes that the deed of variation being offered by Superfert continues to serve the needs of the company and not the grower.”

WA Farmers president, Mike Norton, noted that fertiliser companies must not continue to treat the States farmers as second class citizens, warning that farmers will not allow themselves to be ‘walked over’.

“The State’s farmers often run large effective and efficient businesses themselves, and fertiliser companies and other suppliers must recognise this.”

“WA Farmers have engaged the services of our lawyers to help ensure members interests are served, and we continue to encourage members to make use of this professional advice.

“There is no doubt in our mind that the indefeasible actions of this fertiliser supplier will rightly stay in the mind of the State’s farmers for many years to come,” concluded Mr Norton.

Philip Brunner from Kott Gunning Lawyers can be contacted on (08) 9321 3755.

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