If agri­cul­ture thrives the en­tire state will

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

SUP­PORT­ING ru­ral fam­i­lies, pro­tect­ing land and wa­ter, en­hanc­ing pri­mary pro­duc­ers’ prof­itabil­ity and bet­ter con­nect­ing Queens­lan­ders are among the key pri­or­i­ties in AgForce’s State Elec­tion pol­icy plat­form.

The 40-page Thriv­ing Farms, Thriv­ing Queens­land plan out­lines a se­ries of key pri­or­i­ties for broad­acre pri­mary pro­duc­ers in the up­com­ing Queens­land elec­tion and the ac­tions re­quired to ad­dress them.

AgForce gen­eral pres­i­dent Grant Maud­s­ley said Queens­land was now the most valu­able agri­cul­tural state in the coun­try, un­der­pin­ning tens of thou­sands of jobs in re­gional, ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties and thou­sands more in our cities.

“De­mand for our high qual­ity food and fi­bre is grow­ing but for Queens­land agri­cul­ture to achieve its full po­ten­tial, we need gov­ern­ments to adopt the right pol­icy set­tings so farm­ers can get on with the job of feed­ing our state, our coun­try and con­sumers across the world,” he said.

“It’s quite sim­ple – if agri­cul­ture thrives, Queens­land thrives.”

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