State bud­get doesn’t stack up

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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