Face-to-face meetings designed to give those who know agriculture best a say in realising a strong future for the sector will be held in New South Wales next week. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, urged people from NSW with a passion for agriculture to contribute to the Agriculture Competitiveness White Paper process.
“We really want those with ideas, enthusiasm and knowledge to get involved in this process because it will outline how Australia can sustain and grow the sector into the future,” Minister Joyce said.
“Now is your opportunity to put forward your big ideas for creating a stronger, more profitable and more sustainable agriculture sector.”
Minister Joyce said Australia’s agriculture sector is an important contributor to the Australian economy and each year our farmers produce around $50 billion worth of food and fibre, and exports are valued at almost $40 billion.
“We want ideas that will help us increase competitiveness, increase farmgate profitability and contribute to the prosperity of our rural and regional communities,” Minister Joyce said.
“The Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper Taskforce will visit Tamworth, Dubbo, Goulburn, Lismore, Griffith and Albury to consult about the issues paper – the first step in the white paper development process.
“Roundtable meetings with invited farmers and other agricultural representatives, along with scheduled one-on-one meetings have been organised and I encourage those passionate about making our agricultural industries stronger to take an interest and have a say.
“Our local industry leaders, farmers, and those in sectors connected to the land, like transport and banking, are full of practical ideas which can deliver great returns for Australia and for farmers and now is the time to share them.”
In the coming months, the taskforce will be visiting towns and regional centres across Australia to meet with local farmers and industry representatives to get their ideas.
Building on our strengths in agriculture is part of the Australian Government’s plan to build a diverse 5-Pillar economy to generate jobs and deliver a stronger, more prosperous economy.
To make a one-on-one appointment phone 02 6271 6272.
If you are not attending a roundtable or have been unable to make a one-on-one appointment you can still make a submission.
Submissions are due by 5 pm, 17 April 2014.
|Tamworth||25 February||24 February|
|Dubbo||26 February||26 February|
|Goulburn||13 March||13 March|
|Lismore||27 March||26 March|
|Griffith||7 April||8 April|
|Albury||10 April||10 April|
17 February 2014