Rail project needs to get on track, Victorian Farmers Federation says

VFF president David Jochinke.

VFF president David Jochinke.

FARMERS are losing $12 million a year in additional freight costs due to delays in the Murray Basin Rail Project (MBRP), the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) claims.

VFF president David Jochinke yesterday implored both state and federal governments to commit to fully funding the project, including the promised increases in tonne axle load capacity and train speeds.

“With agricultural produce, getting it shipped is a major cost – especially when it’s an export product – getting it to port,” he said.

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