Keep edge on qual­ity

Shepparton News - Country News - - AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS 2018 -

Strong and demon­stra­ble sus­tain­abil­ity and wel­fare cre­den­tials will be crit­i­cal to Australia’s live­stock and meat in­dus­tries in the fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources As­sis­tant Min­is­ter Anne Rus­ton.

Fol­low­ing on from the 10th Global Fo­rum for Food and Agri­cul­ture event in Ber­lin ear­lier this month, Ms Rus­ton said dis­cus­sions left no doubt about the in­creas­ing de­mand for more sus­tain­able use of nat­u­ral re­sources in live­stock pro­duc­tion, and higher an­i­mal wel­fare stan­dards.

‘‘Our live­stock in­dus­tries are pro­duc­tive, prof­itable, sus­tain­able and sub­ject to some of the high­est an­i­mal health and wel­fare stan­dards in the world. Our farm­ers are great in­no­va­tors, and our live­stock and live­stock prod­ucts are in con­sid­er­able de­mand all over the world,’’ she said.

‘‘Australia’s edge in com­pet­i­tive­ness rests with the high qual­ity of our live­stock and live­stock prod­ucts, and our un­ri­valled biose­cu­rity sta­tus.

‘‘Farm­ers will also need to be able to demon­strate the strong­est pos­si­ble en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and an­i­mal wel­fare cre­den­tials to en­sure fu­ture mar­ket ac­cess. In­dus­try must de­velop ef­fec­tive and unique ways to do this, and in­no­va­tion will be crit­i­cal here, too.’’

Ms Rus­ton also rep­re­sented Australia at the Ber­lin Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ters Con­fer­ence as part of the GFFA.

‘‘It was an in­valu­able op­por­tu­nity for Australia to play its role in shap­ing the fu­ture of global agri­cul­ture,’’ Ms Rus­ton said.

‘‘The con­fer­ence is the largest of its type in the world, this year at­tended by more than 80 agri­cul­tural min­is­ters.

‘‘Australia has much ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence to of­fer, but there’s much we can learn as well — we must con­tinue to in­no­vate and im­prove.’’

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