LOW Chill Australia outgoing president Ray Hick set the tone for the association's AGM yesterday at Bangalow Bowling Club when he gave his final report.
"We are at an interesting stage in the industry and have come to a crossroads," he said.
"We as farmers have fought droughts, floods, pests and now we have to fight governments."
Mr Hick was referring to the recent government-led restrictions on the fruit fly herbicide Fenthion.
"None of us thought a government would ban Fenthion without a viable alternative," he said. "How wrong we were."
Mr Hick also announced that he would be stepping down, not only as the president, but as a stone-fruit grower.
Mr Hick said he took the first step to leaving the industry when he had the sprinkler lines to his watering system cut during the week.
The new executive committee for Low Chill Australia are president Mark Napper, vice-president Ross Stuhmcke, secretary Phillip Wilk and treasurer Greg Foster.
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