Agriculture eager to help advance job creation agenda

Agriculture eager to help advance job creation agenda
Friday, 13 Oct 2017

Agriculture can play a big role in underpinning continued job creation and growth in regional Queensland with the right policy settings from the State Government, AgForce said today.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley made the comments in the wake of the Premier's announcement today that the Queensland Government will provide assistance for meat processors and exporters to support the hiring of workers affected by the Churchill abattoir shutdown.

"The prolonged and severe drought has reduced Queensland's cattle herd significantly in recent years and that's had an enormous financial, emotional and environmental toll on primary producers that has flowed-on to the processing sector," he said.

"However, Queensland's beef industry has the ability to bounce back and the outlook for the state's agricultural sector is bright. Agriculture can contribute so much more for the economy but we need governments to adopt policies that take the industry forward, not hold us back.

"While the Palaszczuk Government is providing assistance for affected meatworkers on the one hand, on the other they are planning harsh vegetation management restrictions that would stifle northern development and make it harder for farmers to produce high quality food and fibre.

"That just doesn't make sense."

Mr Maudsley called on the Palaszczuk Government to maintain and enhance its support of the Rural Jobs and Skills Alliance and the School to Industry Partnership Program to ensure young Queenslanders understood the range of career opportunities available in agriculture.

"Our primary production is worth about $20 billion a year and about one in seven jobs in Queensland is either partially or entirely supported by the food sector," he said.

"With the right policies that allow agriculture to grow and prosper, Queensland will grow and prosper."

Media Contacts: Scott Whitby 0418 733 102, Sarah Henderson 0427 626 853

Agriculture eager to help advance job creation agenda

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