Pres­i­dent states his new fo­cus

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IM­PROV­ING trans­port routes and reg­u­la­tions, end­ing the data drought in the bush and en­sur­ing gov­ern­ment poli­cies al­low agriculture to grow and pros­per will be among the key is­sues the new AgForce Queens­land Farm­ers Lim­ited board will pur­sue over the next two years.

The new nine-mem­ber board took over last week, with Mitchell cat­tle and grains pro­ducer Grant Maud­s­ley to con­tinue as AgForce gen­eral pres­i­dent for the next two years.

Mr Maud­s­ley said it had been a priv­i­lege and hon­our to serve as AgForce gen­eral pres­i­dent over the past two years.

“Agriculture is one of the foun­da­tions of the econ­omy, with a State Gov­ern­ment re­port out this month putting the value of Queens­land’s pri­mary in­dus­tries at more than $18.5 bil­lion in 2016/17,” Mr Maud­s­ley said.

“De­mand for our high-qual­ity food and fi­bre is grow­ing and Queens­land has the po­ten­tial to al­most dou­ble its agri­cul­tural in­dus­try to $30 bil­lion a year over the next decade – but only with the right pol­icy set­tings from gov­ern­ments and a mea­sured devel­op­ment agenda.”

De­mand for our high-qual­ity food and fi­bre is grow­ing and Queens­land has the po­ten­tial to al­most dou­ble... — Grant Maud­s­ley

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