One of the touted advantages of ethanol
is benefiting the farmers who grow the fuel crops. Unfortunately, that has not proven to be the case for sugar farmers in the land Down Under. Apparently the CSR ethanol distillery, which processes the farmers' molasses into fuel, will only pay under certain circumstances. According to general manager Scott Perkins of Canegrowers, CSR's accounting practices are to blame for farmers not reaping that which they sow.
States Perkins, "As we move into the future and develop better and more sophisticated payment systems for growers, they will directly benefit and they will directly get profit out of ethanol facilities. There's always going to be arguments but I guess the general public needs to understand eventually there will be a direct benefit to farmers."
[Source: ABC Tropical Queensland]