Ag sector advisory council set up
A NEW ministerial advisory council has been established to help identify the future challenges and opportunities in the state’s agricultural sector.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the Agricultural Ministerial Advisory Council, AgMAC, would be made up of industry leaders and representative bodies.
“The establishment of the AgMAC is yet another election commitment by the government being put into reality,” Mr Furner said.
“Queensland’s agriculture industry is worth nearly $20 billion, so it’s vital that all parties are on the same path when deciding the future direction of the industry.
“We need to continue to develop our agricultural industry so that our end product remains of the highest quality and is envy of all the world.”
Mr Furner said he hoped AgMAC would lead to greater co-operation and collaboration between the public and private sector.
“AgMAC will be chaired by Dr Beth Woods, director-general of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries,” he said.
“A representative from the Queensland Farmers’ Federation and AgForce Queensland Farmers will sit as permanent members on AgMAC.
“As issues and opportunities are identified, relevant stakeholders with knowledge specific to those areas will be invited to attend the next AgMAC meeting.
“At the end of every meeting a report will be drafted to help inform future government policy and Cabinet decisions.”
QFF President Stuart Armitage said industry members were looking forward to working with government to ensure a bright future for Queensland agriculture.