WAFarmers has welcomed the Federal Government’s release of the long awaited Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper which promises significant investment for the Australian farm sector.
With measures totalling more than $4 billion, the White Paper has outlined a clear direction for agriculture, supported by policies which should prepare the industry for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
WAFarmers President Dale Park said the White Paper initiatives focus on building a stronger business environment, research and development, drought and risk management, infrastructure and trade and market access.
“If we’re going to double value of agriculture in the next 10 years, we need to have these initiatives and policies in place so the White Paper is a good start,” Mr Park said.
Mr Park said that it is encouraging to see some of the recommendations made by WAFarmers incorporated in the White Paper.
“Our organisation advocated for changes to the Farm Management Deposits Scheme (FMDs) and it is pleasing to see these included in the White Paper policies,” Mr Park said.
The commitment to Australian agriculture, in terms of funding and policy, is a welcome contribution and WAFarmers looks forward to working with the government in order to implement these initiatives.
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