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SunRice job cuts

SunRice job cuts

A further 100 jobs to be cut from the Deniliquin and Leeton mills

SunRice has yesterday announced a further 100 job losses anticipated in 2020, following further reconfiguration of its Riverina operations.

The C20 crop, to be harvested in 2020, is now expected to be smaller than the C19 crop harvested earlier this year, which at 54,000 tonnes was the second lowest crop on record.

"It is with deep regret we have been forced to make another series of changes to our Riverina operations ahead of the 2020 harvest," SunRice CEO, Mr Rob Gordon, said.

"[Wednesday's] announcement will take the total number of positions impacted to approximately 230 since reconfiguration commenced in November 2018."

SunRice took significant steps, including putting record prices to growers in August 2019 in a bid to stimulate plantings for C20, which has ensured that a milling program should be maintained at the Deniliquin and Leeton mills until at least early 2021.

While SunRice has been able to keep both Deniliquin and Leeton Mills open, the small plantings for C20 mean shifts will drop to a one shift operation at both mills, commencing from the end of the first quarter of 2020.

As a result, SunRice announced that 80 manufacturing and support staff will be affected. Twenty more staff at SunRice’s storage subsidiary, Australian Grain Storage, will also be impacted.

This will bring the total number of job losses at SunRice’s Riverina operations to approximately 230 positions since reconfiguration commenced in November 2018.

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