QFF pos­i­tive about Fed­eral Bud­get for QLD agri­cul­ture

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

THE Queens­land Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion has wel­comed the 2017 Fed­eral Bud­get, say­ing it is one that will de­liver steady and re­spon­si­ble long term in­vest­ment that will sup­port Queens­land agri­cul­ture.

QFF pres­i­dent Stu­art Ar­mitage said the bud­get had a bal­anced and con­sid­ered ap­proach to fund­ing projects that would di­rectly ben­e­fit agri­cul­ture and re­gional Queens­land, mak­ing men­tion of the Na­tional Land­care Pro­gram and the Re­gional In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

“QFF is ea­ger to see what ben­e­fits will flow for Queens­land farm­ers out of the Re­gional In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion funded in this bud­get,” Mr Ar­mitage said.

The govern­ment’s an­nounce­ment of a $1 bil­lion in­vest­ment over five years in the Na­tional Land­care Pro­gram was also com­mended by Mr Ar­mitage and the QFF.

“In par­tic­u­lar the al­lo­ca­tion of funds to­wards erad­i­cat­ing Red Im­ported Fire Ants from south-east Queens­land,” Mr Ar­mitage said.

“Fire ants are a ma­jor is­sue for farm­ers across many agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries and we wel­come this tar­geted fund­ing to help re­solve the dev­as­tat­ing eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial im­pacts of one of the world’s worst in­va­sive species.”

Mr Ar­mitage said the bud­get had de­liv­ered upon sev­eral of the prom­ises made for the agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

“With some im­por­tant in­vest­ments on in­fra­struc­ture projects of na­tional sig­nif­i­cance, how­ever there are some no­table short­com­ings,” Mr Ar­mitage said.

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