Farmers keen to ask Littleproud questions
Agriculture was front and centre at a forum in Shepparton last Wednesday, with some farmers given their chance to question Federal Agriculture and Water Minister David Littleproud.
Those attending the forum were asked to write down their questions on entry, with eight people allowed to ask Mr Littleproud a question from the floor.
Water continued to dominate, with the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, the 450 Gl and socioeconomic effects raised in the questions, while climate change, the dairy price crisis and fruit flies were also discussed.
One question that was unable to be asked during the meeting was the following question from Invergordon dairy farmer and sheep producer Des Morgan:
‘‘Irrigation makes a huge difference to food production in this area, especially in a dry year. So the consultation at the Wednesday, October 24 meeting at the Shepparton RSL with officials from Canberra was important.
‘‘Both speakers had difficulty answering questions from the floor about socio-economic losses already evident due to the large buy-up of water already done by the government.
‘‘My question is: can the National Party through their Federal Water Minister, develop and show us a water plan for food producers in this region — probably the biggest and most efficient irrigation area in Australia — that will moderate the price of water, stop the decline in production, reverse the migration of water to inefficient regions, encourage the entry of young farmers and develop a positive future?’’