Talk about bold vi­sion for the ag in­dus­try

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

MIN­IS­TER for Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources, David Lit­tleproud, wel­comed the re­lease of the Na­tional Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion blue­print, Talk­ing 2030: Grow­ing agri­cul­ture into a $100 bil­lion in­dus­try.

“A bold vi­sion for a bold in­dus­try,” Min­is­ter Lit­tleproud said.

“The Gov­ern­ment is in­vest­ing to grow agri­cul­ture and is in sup­port of NFF’s vi­sion for agri­cul­ture to be­come a $100 bil­lion in­dus­try by 2030.

“Noth­ing worth do­ing is ever easy and this won’t be, but with a clear strat­egy and good poli­cies in place, the sec­tor will be pre­pared to take on the chal­lenges ahead.

“Agri­cul­ture has al­ways been one of the key drivers of the Aus­tralian econ­omy and was the largest con­trib­u­tor to na­tional GDP growth in 2016-17, driven by our ded­i­cated farm­ers.

“We are a trad­ing na­tion and our fu­ture growth in agri­cul­ture de­pends on open­ing up more mar­kets and adapt­ing to con­sumer pref­er­ences.

“More than ever be­fore, peo­ple are in­ter­ested in where their food comes from and how it is pro­duced. Aus­tralia stands to ben­e­fit as a pro­ducer of high-qual­ity, highly sought-af­ter pro­duce.

“The trade deals we are putting in place in Asia and across the world will be a key driver to reach­ing this tar­get – 70 per cent of our agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion is al­ready be­ing ex­ported.

“Asia is ex­pected to be the sec­ond largest con­trib­u­tor to fu­ture world pop­u­la­tion growth, grow­ing by 750 mil­lion peo­ple by 2050, so that’s a lot of mouths to feed.

“Our in­vest­ments in the In­land Rail, wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture, ru­ral R&D, in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy will also help drive the sec­tor over the next decade.

“I have a real sense of op­ti­mism for the agri­cul­ture sec­tor and the po­ten­tial it has for the fu­ture.”

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