Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Future of farming study

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The state’s leading agricultur­al associatio­n has put out the call for members and non-members alike to have their say on the future of farming.

NSW Farmers has partnered with the Future Food Systems Cooperativ­e Research Centre and the University of New England with a survey that seeks to understand how we can grow the NSW agricultur­e sector to $30 billion in output by 2030.

Agricultur­e is a major part of the state’s economy, contributi­ng more than $12 billion in 2020 alone.

NSW Farmers is working with a range of stakeholde­rs — from farmers to industry bodies and government — to set the sector on a bold growth trajectory and essentiall­y double its productivi­ty by 2030.

NSW Farmers vice president Xavier Martin said there were a number of opportunit­ies to grow our farming sector over the next decade as we pursue the ambitious ‘30 by 30’ target.

‘‘This survey is an opportunit­y for farmers to have their say on the sector’s future, and we urge them to be engaged in this exciting period for agricultur­e,’’ Mr Martin said.

‘‘We’ve had a favourable turn in seasonal conditions that have presented many shortterm opportunit­ies for the sector, and nationally agricultur­e is expected to grow a whopping $73 billion worth of produce this financial year, according to the Australian

Bureau of Agricultur­al and Resource Economics and Sciences.

‘‘Looking longer term, we know roughly what the opportunit­ies and barriers might be, but a big part of preparing for the future is hearing from the people we represent: farmers.’’

NSW Farmers has identified a number of issues that need to be addressed in seeking to achieve 30 by 30, including resilience, research and developmen­t, value-adding, infrastruc­ture, biosecurit­y, technology, and water and land use planning.

‘‘These are some of the headline areas of potential change in the decade ahead, and they each stand to influence the sector’s growth,’’ Mr Martin said.

‘‘We want to hear directly from our state’s farmers on what they think the helpers and hindrances will be moving forward as the agricultur­e sector seeks to expand its productivi­ty.’’

Visit https://unesurveys.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/ form/SV_9EmyXBP8OQ­lrJZA take the Farming Future survey.

For more informatio­n on the 30 by 30 goal, go to www.nswfarmers.org.au.

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