Coffee producer seeks spraying compo
A far north Queensland coffee producer says a Department of Primary Industries (DPI) spraying program destroyed his crop and he is going to the Supreme Court for compensation.
Nine years ago, the DPI sprayed the Jaques Mareeba coffee plantation as part of a papaya fruit fly eradication program.
Nat Jaques says 50 acres of coffee plants and his business were ruined soon afterwards.
He says the Government is refusing to accept an independent assessment which found the DPI was at fault.
"The major issue here is not the Department of Primary Industries, because I saw them acting in everybodys best interest," he said.
"I see the major fault here is with the Plant Protection Act protecting the Government and not the people of this country. This is the big guy kicking the little guy in the arse."