Time to built on strengths in agri­cul­ture ex­ports

Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

WE NEED to un­leash the real eco­nomic po­ten­tial in our agri­cul­tural in­dus­try by re­mov­ing im­ped­i­ments hold­ing the sec­tor back and by sup­port­ing in­dus­try in its ef­forts to be more pro­duc­tive and glob­ally com­pet­i­tive.

We need to build on our com­par­a­tive strength in food pro­duc­tion and bet­ter man­age our pre­cious wa­ter re­sources to help our agri­cul­ture sec­tor be­come the “food bowl of Asia” and achieve “food se­cu­rity” in a world de­mand­ing more of our food re­sources.

We need to sup­port our fish­ing in­dus­try, as the peo­ple that de­pend on it know best how to man­age the re­source in a re­spon­si­ble and sus­tain­able way.

Crit­i­cally with the time­lines in­volved in our agri­cul­tural sec­tor, Govern­ment needs to pro­vide proac­tive and sup­port­ive pol­icy sta­bil­ity and cer­tainty to our live ex­ports trade. Kerry Lat­ter, Mackay

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