World-class agriculture for Queensland farmers
ASSISTANT Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Keith Pitt is backing Australia’s world-class agricultural sector during visits to regional Queensland farms and businesses.
Mr Pitt continues to work closely with the sector in his ministerial role and said it was important for primary producers to keep boosting their productivity in order to capitalise on the many opportunities ahead in a competitive global economy.
“I met with graziers in the Gaeta area west of Bundaberg and we discussed a wide range of issues which included infrastructure, employment and biosecurity matters,” Mr Pitt said.
“I also visited Pacific Gold Macadamias north of Bundaberg, the second largest processing facility of its type in Australia, which during harvest season employs some 90 staff and operates 24 hours a day.
“These visits reinforce how flexible and forward-looking our agriculture sector really is. Our farmers are harnessing the latest innovation and technology to ensure continued development and growth, with the direct and indirect benefits flowing right through regional communities.”
Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd hosted Mr Pitt in his electorate for the visit and welcomed the opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities facing his local communities.
“The region is undergoing an economic transition, following the enormous construction boom. I see agriculture being a vital growth element of our economy both now and into the future,” Mr O’Dowd said.
“Innovative operators, like Pacific Gold Macadamias at Oakwood, are well suited to the changes that always come to export industries. Innovation is the key to the future and it’s great to see it so clearly here in the region.”
Mr Pitt said that while Australian agriculture was a sector that enjoyed a world-class reputation as a reliable supplier of clean, green and safe agricultural produce, there was always more work to be done in order to take best advantage of growing global demand.
“Today I’m meeting with various agricultural bodies and visiting a number of farms in the Central Queensland region to explore options to further address labour issues in the sector, and examine opportunities for increased soil health and agricultural productivity gains,” he said.