The National Farmers’ Federation has congratulated Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack on the Coalition’s resounding re-election.
“During the 45th Parliament, the Morrison Government supported farmers in the management of particularly tough times including unprecedented and ongoing drought and a devastating flood event in central Queensland,” NFF President Fiona Simson said.
“This support demonstrated the value the Government puts on agriculture and its future.”
“We were especially pleased to gain the strong backing of the Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud and the Prime Minister for agriculture’s goal to be a $100 billion industry by 2030.
“Through the constructive partnership we have been able to develop with Minister Littleproud, the NFF has already made great progress on the many policy and investment priorities our sector needs to reach this goal.
“Minister Littleproud is an unwavering and pragmatic champion for agriculture. Together I know we can achieve great outcomes for farmers in the coming three years.”
Ms Simson said the key challenges for the farm sector continued to be energy, natural resource management, labour and water management.
“Environmental management remains both a challenge and opportunity and we look forward to progressing the Government’s commitment to a potentially ‘game changing’ Biodiversity Stewardship Pilot and a $4 million Sustainability Certification Project.
“Likewise, we also recognise the Minister for his leadership in brokering bipartisanship on the continued implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
“We trust the Government will continue to pursue an ambitious trade agenda and look forward to together, continuing to work on fixing agriculture’s labour shortages.
“The NFF welcomes, what we are confident will be a fruitful partnership between the Government and farmers as we close in on $100 billion in farm gate output by 2030,” Ms Simson said.