Agriculture minister upbeat over future
Networking and growing industr y on dinners’ menu
THE North East Agricultural Dinners were established by Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi) as a ‘non-political’ event.
“They are about bringing our agriculture sector together to network and talk to each other,” Ms McGowan said.
“We want to grow agriculture, but we can’t do that until people know each other.
“This is the fifth one, which had around 150 people.”
Last month a similar styled dinner, for manufacturers, attracted 90 people from throughout the region.
“One of the drivers behind this was hearing there was a disconnect between manufacturers and educational institutions around skills,” Ms McGowan said.
Federal Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations, Kelly O’Dwyer, will be the guest speaker at the next manufacturers dinner, to be held November 15 at The Gateway in Wangaratta.
THERE is still a good story to be told about Australian agriculture despite growing concerns about worsening drought conditions in many parts of the country according to Federal Water Resources David Littleproud.
producers at Eldorado last week following a forum in Shepparton at lunchtime where his reception from farmers concerned about the lack of water alloca Basin system was less welcoming.
He was in Wangaratta to speak later that evening at the North East Ag Industry dinner.
“The value of agriculture in Australia has grown from $36 billion to $60 billion in the last six years and we must be proud
“We need the market to understand that and the wider Australian public.”
He said local farmers he spoke to during the day were interested in a variety of issues including trade, water availability and input costs such as energy and labour costs.
“It’s also important we keep expanding our agriculture education,” he said.
“People understand there is a real career pathway now in agriculture, not only on the land but in science and technology research.
“It’s important we bring the young people into the industry.”
Shepparton a new mandatory code for the dairy industry will be introduced.
He said the code was a result of the recent ACCC inquiry into the dairy industry and there would be an extensive consultation process with key stakeholders, in particular the producers and processors.
similar reform into the red meat industry had stalled he believed it would get back on track.
“I’m very supportive of continuing that process, I want the industry to lead and I was heartened what I heard from producers at Eldorado,” he said.
derstood the desire of producers wanting a say in their share of the cattle levy which the ACCC in processors rather than the farmers.
“They (producers) don’t feel they have a seat at the table,” he said.
OUT AND ABOUT: Federal Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud was heartened by the attitude of local farmers he met at Eldorado and Wangaratta last week.
YAY: Check out the open gardens in Yea this weekend.