Ag sec­tor ad­vi­sory coun­cil set up

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE | FENCE POST -

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.

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