Time for Fonterra to front up to media

The refusal of Fonterra to speak to media over the last two days about the slump in the milk price and overdue payment to contractors is outrageous, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.

“New Zealand’s economy is dependent on Fonterra’s good management.

Farmers – and the rest of New Zealand for that matter – are desperately seeking explanations and assurances regarding the future of our dairy sector.

“Whether you’re a farmer under financial pressure, a contractor concerned about payments or a local rural community leader or a diary consumer, decisions made by Fonterra have far reaching implications for us all.

“Fonterra is spending millions of dollars on public relations and corporate communications but its refusal to respond to queries in the last two days is an absolute failure and dereliction of its basic industry responsibilities,” Damien O’Connor says.