The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Horticulture Group will be visiting the Sunraysia irrigation district
again next week to survey more growers on labour challenges in Victoria’s horticulture industry.
“The crackdown by Australian Border Force last week in Sunraysia clearly demonstrates how urgently we
need labour reform in the horticulture industry,” said Ms Emma Germano, VFF Horticulture Group President.
“We hope to use the first-hand accounts and data we gather from our survey of Sunraysia growers as a case-
study to take to Government,” said Ms Germano.
The VFF is seeking growers of all commodities and sizes from the Mildura, Robinvale, Red Cliff and Merbein
irrigation districts to complete the survey between Tuesday 12 and Friday 15 March. Growers do not need to
be VFF members to participate.
“Many growers have already stepped up to the plate and participated in the survey. We are looking for more
growers to survey to strengthen our results.
“The federal election is only around the corner, and these survey results will give us an opportunity to
engage in more meaningful conversations with the Government and Opposition to make some headway in
the agriculture visa discussion,” said Ms Germano.
Growers can arrange a time to complete the anonymous survey by contacting Ms Alana Pittard, VFF
Horticulture Manager, on 0400 813 770 or email@example.com.
Emma Germano, VFF Horticulture President, 0423 774 477
Heather Smillie, Stakeholder, Media & Communications Officer, 0400 874 589
About the VFF
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is dedicated to representing the interests of farmers and making a
positive difference to their businesses and communities. We strive to create an environment for our
members, our farmers, that enables profitable, safe, sustainable production to ensure an enduring social
licence in a community that respects and values the sector.