We can’t export what we can’t grow
Dear Editor, While the introduction of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on December 30 is welcomed, it seems we still have governments which lack knowledge around the fundamentals of food and fibre production.
As Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham correctly says, the TPP opens up significant export opportunities that can benefit the entire nation.
But unfortunately we cannot export what we cannot grow.
Successive governments have made a total mess of water policy, so we now have a ridiculous situation where water is being poured out to sea in South Australia, for no-one’s benefit. Yet in the southern NSW food bowl our food producers are on a zero allocation and therefore growing very few summer crops.
This is crazy beyond belief, and added to the insanity is the fact we’ve had the Murray River breaking its banks and causing unnecessary environmental damage.
The lucky country we might be . . . the smart country we certainly aren’t!
So while Mr Birmingham might spruik for his political gain the benefits of his TPP, those who are supposed to be rejoicing are instead scoffing at another wasted opportunity.
If Mr Birmingham and his colleagues were serious about increasing our food and fibre exports they would fix the diabolical mess that is called water policy, which would allow our farmers to do what they do best and at the same time make more effective use of infrastructure which has been built up over generations at huge cost to Australian taxpayers who, along with rural communities, are the big losers in this debacle.
Yours etc. Linda Fawns