WHAT’S IN THE BUDGET FOR THE FARM SECTOR
TASMANIA’S agrifood sector, research, new livestock officers and a dairy pilot scheme were all winners in yesterday’s State Budget.
Primary Industries and Water Minister Jeremy Rockliff has responded to farmers’ demands for the Budget to reflect the importance of agriculture in the economy and money for skills pathways to help future workers.
Mr Rockliff said the Government was working in partnership with farmers and primary industry groups to build Tasmania’s future.
The Budget allowed more than $5.6 million to boost biosecurity, including $1.54 million to support animal welfare, biosecurity and livestock productivity through new livestock officers within the department for production animals and increased support for RSPCA inspectorate services to focus on the welfare of domestic animals.
The Budget includes a $632,000 boost for seasonal biosecurity frontline services to cater for peak times, $1.44 million for a new cat management plan and $2 million to improve the management of weeds, vertebrate pests and invasive species and other risks to animal and plant industries.
Mr Rockliff said the initiatives were on top of the doubling of biosecurity detector dogs to 12 teams, constructing the Powranna Truckwash, new signs at border entry points and $1.2 million to upgrade testing at Analytical Services Tasmania in Hobart.
A strategic industry partnerships program gets $1.2 million to co-invest with industry peak bodies and organisations to support growth and prosperity in agrifood sectors.
The Bee Industry Futures Report gets $30,000 to guide industry development, pollination services and sustainable access to leatherwood within World Heritage areas.
There is $2 million more for agricultural landscape rehabilitation through on-farm landcare works in partnership with Natural Resource Management groups to repair and rehabilitate rivers and streams.
Research gets a top-up. The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture gets $20 million to continue its world-class work in agricultural research, development and extension.
The dairy industry stock underpass pilot program receives $750,000 to offset the costs associated with establishing stock underpass infrastructure and improving farm and road safety.
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chief executive Peter Skillern said the state’s farmers had been calling for a significant investment in branding Tasmanian agriculture and the $500,000 injection in Tasmania’s brand to differentiate and market Tasmania would make some headway.
The Safe Farming Tasmania program gets $600,000 to continue its role of changing the culture on the farm to improve worker safety.
A $14.3 million investment is being made in protecting and growing fisheries.
The money will be used to protect aquatic health and the reputation for quality products, help the shellfish aquaculture industry adjust to the impact of Pacific oyster mortality syndrome, and support marine recreation.
Primary Industries and Water Minister Jeremy Rockliff.