AU:Vegetable farms face carbon tax costs

Australian commodity forecaster ABARES has for the first time calculated the cost of the carbon price for vegetable farmers. A report finds the input costs will rise this financial year, but the increase isn't as big as that faced by the dairy sector.

ABARES executive director Paul Morris says there's only a marginal rise for power and fertiliser costs, of up to $3,000 per vegetable farm this financial year, and it will rise again the following in 2013-14.

"With some of the changes going on, with how the price of carbon will be implemented, that impact will increase up to between $1,200 per farm and $4,600 per farm."

But the peak vegetable industry body says the cost impost of the carbon tax is adding to a sector already stressed by high labour costs, fertiliser prices and supermarket duopoly.


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