State budget doesn’t stack up
THE Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) is underwhelmed by a lacklustre State Budget that lacks vision and overlooks the important role agriculture plays in Queensland’s economy.
QFF CEO Travis Tobin said while the government had delivered on its election commitments, the Budget was again a missed opportunity to address some critical competitiveness and productivity issues, and exciting growth opportunities for the sector, which would benefit all Queenslanders.
“Credit to the government for fully delivering on its election commitments, upholding biosecurity funding and maintaining funding for existing drought relief arrangements,” Mr Tobin said. However, Mr Tobin said by 2030, two-thirds of the world’s middle class will be living in the Asia-Pacific region. To make the most of this demographic shift and subsequent demand for food and clothing, Queensland agriculture will need to intensify so we must address current competitiveness challenges and increase investment in the longer-term enablers and drivers of sustainable and profitable intensified production systems.