Talk about bold vision for the ag industry
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.”