Australia celebrates its second
National Agriculture Day
Celebrations of all things agriculture are taking place across Australia this week as part of National Agriculture Day (#AgDayAU) on Wednesday 21st November.
We have a lot to celebrate. Australian farms added 60 billion to the National economy last year and are our second largest export industry. Each Australian farmer produces enough food to feed 600 people, 150 at home and 450 overseas. Australian farmers produce almost 93 percent of Australia’s daily domestic food supply.
The total value of Queensland’s primary industry output alone is forecast to be $20 billion in 2018. The Burdekin region is central to the nation’s agriculture output and will be hosting a National Ag Day event to celebrate its contribution at Claredale Pastures Mio College on Wednesday 21st November.
LNP Member for Burdekin, Dale Last, will be attending the event to pay tribute to the local Burdekin primary industries sector. “In addition to celebrating the huge contribution that primary industries make to the Queensland economy,” Mr Last said, “I am looking forward to acknowledging our farmers and graziers as the largest custodians of one of our most valuable resources; our land.”
Kerry Mio of Claredale Pastures Mio College where the event will be held says “the Claredale Pastures team is very excited to be involved in giving back and recognising primary producers. It’s also a great opportunity for local farmers to get together and provide a support network for each other.
Jason Guy of Burdekin Tyre Service is co-hosting the event with Harvest Agricultural Tyres said, “Everyone in the area works hard all year – and Ag Day provides us with an opportunity to say thanks to our farming community for their contribution to the economy. Our role in the mix is to not only keep our customers equipment mobile but to look for ways we can ultimately help reduce their running costs via smarter application-based choices of their tyres”
Andrew Keir from Harvest Tyres agrees “We are proud to work closely with Jason and his team to provide Australian engineered tyres that address specific problems that Australian farmers face every day. Transport and agri-machinery are a vital contributor to the agricultural economy. Burdekin has a story to tell that’s worth celebrating – AgDay provides a fantastic opportunity to both acknowledge and celebrate some of these local stories”.
National Agriculture Day comes on the back of research, which found that 83% of Australians would describe their connection with farming as ‘distant’ or ‘non-existent’.
President of the National Farmers’ Federation, Fiona Simson, says; “Not often enough do we reflect on all the good agriculture does for Australia and the world – over and above its monetary value. Did you know that our food and fibre sector is the largest employer in most Australian rural and regional communities?”
No matter where you are on AgDay, there are plenty of ways to join in the action. If you’d like to get involved, the best place to start is agday.org.au. It’s packed with information and resources on what’s happening across Australia and online.
AgDay will be celebrated with a BBQ Dinner at Claredale Pastures, Mio College ( Wednesday 21 November from 4pm-8pm) hosted by Harvest Agriculture Tyres. Australians from all walks of life are being urged to get involved as we celebrate our first National Agriculture Day (AgDay).
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