Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce, took the first step in developing the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper by releasing the issues paper and calling on people to get involved.
“If your experience in agriculture is anything like mine, then you’re always looking for an opportunity to have your say,” Minister Joyce said.
“Whether you’re drenching sheep, mustering cattle or sitting on a tractor, you always had in the back of your mind what you would do to make the show work better – well this is your opportunity to do precisely that.”
The issues paper identifies the key matters the government would like input on and will guide the development of the White Paper.
Issues include access to finances, competitiveness through the value chain, reducing inefficient regulation, enhancing agricultural exports and managing drought for the longer term.
In the coming months, the taskforce will visit 25 towns and regional centres and the eight capital cities to consult with industry leaders, farmers and those in sectors connected to the land such as transport and banking.
People will be able to make an appointment to meet on-on-one with the taskforce while they are on the road.
Written submissions can also be lodged via the website.
“Now is your chance to think big, and to say what I would do for my nation if I was to make agriculture work better,” said Minister Joyce.
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.
Submissions close 5pm EST Thursday, April 17 2014.
The towns and regional centres the taskforce will visit are available on the website.
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In South Australia, the taskforce will be visiting Renmark (Thursday, April 10), Crystal Brook and Adelaide in the week starting April 7.