18 September 2013
Australian Canefarmers Association (ACFA) has welcomed Barnaby Joyce as Australia’s new Minister for Agriculture.
ACFA Chairman, Don Murday, said he warmly welcomed the announcement of Mr. Joyce taking over the all important Agricultural portfolio and looked forward to working with him and his team.
“It is vital that the Australian Agricultural industry is prioritised on the national agenda and ACFA is committed to working with the new Minister of Agriculture to ensure this.” Murday said.
Building on the Queensland State Governments’ plan to double agricultural production by 2040, the Coalition, as part of their ‘5-Pillar Economy’, aim for Australia’s agriculture sector to become the ‘Food Bowl of Asia’.
“For us to achieve both the State and Federal governments’ plans for agriculture, it is critical that the ever increasing costs of production are dealt with.
“Our priority has always been securing a strong, sustainable sugar industry, and for this to be achieved, the cost of inputs, including water, fertiliser and electricity prices, we are currently facing need to be addressed as a matter of urgency,” Mr Murday said.
ACFA also welcomed Warren Entsch as chair of a new parliamentary committee for northern development, Liberal senator for NSW, Senator Richard Colbeck, as parliamentary secretary for agriculture, and Jamie Briggs as assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.
For more information, or for an interview with Don Murday, please contact Amanda Sheppard on (07) 3839 1900.