HAPPIER TIMES: Employees at Northern AgriServices, Kingaroy in January 2019. (From left: Lucas Kerkow, Brooke Rutledge, Mark Schmidt, Michelle Jones, Graeme Donohue, Robert Horton and Rob Masters.)
HAPPIER TIMES: Employees at Northern AgriServices, Kingaroy in January 2019. (From left: Lucas Kerkow, Brooke Rutledge, Mark Schmidt, Michelle Jones, Graeme Donohue, Robert Horton and Rob Masters.)

Multiple job losses at long-term Kingaroy business

A LEADING agricultural company has said the drought was not to blame following a number of redundancies made in their Kingaroy business this week.

It is alleged up to 10 positions were deemed unnecessary at Northern AgriServices’ head office based in Kingaroy.

A number of additional redundancies were made right across the company throughout Queensland and NSW.

Northern AgriServices, formerly BGA AgriServices, is a business within the Ruralco organisation which, along with another iconic rural brand, Landmark, was recently merged to form Nutrien Ag Solutions.

Nutrien Ag Solutions managing director Rob Clayton said the recent merging of the two organisations meant a lot of difficult decisions had to be made.

“It will take some time for the total integration of the Ruralco and Landmark businesses to bed down,” he said.

“But we are focused on maintaining our service to and relationships with our clients and we understand that our people are integral to that.”

Mr Clayton said the merge would mean huge benefits for their Australian customers.

“Operational synergies will be important in ensuring the combined business delivers the best value possible to Australian growers,” he said.

While it was identified that some roles within Northern AgriServices were no longer required, the managing director said they would be working with the impacted individuals to identify other opportunities.

He said the redundancies had nothing to do with the ongoing dry weather.

“The changes in the Kingaroy branch are not the result of the drought,” Mr Clayton said.

“However, we know first-hand that the drought is impacting many of our clients.”

“We are fully committed to supporting them – and our people – through this period so they are well positioned to bounce back when the drought breaks.”