Barnaby Joyce

The Nationals Member For New England

Deputy Prime Minister

Leader of The Nationals
Barnaby Joyce

Tamworth it's your time to think big about Australian agriculture

 

19 February 2014

 

RESIDENTS of Tamworth and the electorate of New England are invited to make an appointment to have their say on the future of Australia’s agriculture sector when a government taskforce is in town on February 24 and 25.

 

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper Taskforce was coming to Tamworth and called on people to get involved.

 

“If you want to share your vision for agriculture and how we can make it more competitive, then I encourage you to book a one-on-one meeting with the taskforce while they’re here,” Minister Joyce said.

 

Australia’s farm sector is a massive earner for Australia. Each year our farmers produce $53 billion worth of food and fibre, and export almost $40 billion of that.

 

 “Our local industry leaders, farmers, and those in sectors connected to the land like transport and banking are full of practical ideas which can deliver great returns for our nation and now is the time to share them,” Minister Joyce said.

 

Over the coming months, the taskforce will be visiting towns and regional centres like Tamworth and New England to meet with local farmers and industry representatives as part of their consultation on the issues paper.

 

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.

 

“Now is your chance to think big,” Minister Joyce said.

 

“Now is the chance to say what you would do for our nation if you were to make agriculture work better.”

 

To make an appointment phone the taskforce on 02 6271 6272 or email agricultural.competitiveness@pmc.gov.au.

 

If you are unable to make a one-on-one appointment you can still make a submission. To find out how, visit www.agriculturalcompetitiveness.dpmc.gov.au.

 

Submissions are due by 5pm, 17 April 2014.

 

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