Some facts you need to know about Australian agriculture.
Now that the elections are over and the VFF (Victoria Farmers Federation) are furious as neither Coalitions had made a commitment prior to the elections to the future of Australian agriculture, they needed to end the rhetoric and tell the farmers and the VFF what they were going to do for the Australian agricultural.
Australian farmers need answers on how much funding Mr Rudd and Mr Abbott will put into agricultural research and development, fearing about votes nothing was done prior to the running up of the elections, this is a subject that needs addressing and let’s see how long it takes and what the outcome is for the Australian agriculture, and to give answers on agricultural funding, research and development, drought support, food labeling, foreign investment and red tape, as both Coalitions layed claim to Australia as ” Asia’s Food Bowl” but were unable to commit to any promises.
Australian agricultural produces a whopping $46 Billion of produce and directly employs over 380,000 people with more than 1.7 million workers along the food and fiber supply chains.
R&D is crucial to resolving the production challenges farmers and food processors face, from boosting phosphate uptake, drought and salt tolerant crops and pastures, new specialized food ingredients or new bio-control agents to attack agricultural weeds and pests.
Other commitments that need addressing are the rail, rural roads and bridges in regional Australia, what can we do to about the supermarkets duopoly and strengthening our completion laws and how are they going to do strengthening our laws, currently mandatory codes don’t man much, unless they have a powerful act in place to back them.
I believe it is vital to give our farmers and consumers a fair go and to ensure they don’t get ripped off….