A round table in Canberra yesterday for Ag organisations with Federal Minister David Littlproud and today it was State Agriculture Minister Mark Furner who had a turn.
The State Minister hosted the inaugural meeting of the Agricultural Ministerial Advisory Council (AgMAC) in Brisbane.
Representatives from the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and AgForce Queensland Farmers Ltd were in attendance, to report back on the current state of the industry and to help set the future direction of the Council.
AgForce Queensland Farmers Ltd President Mr Grant Maudsley says AgMAC is an opportunity for industry to engage with the Queensland Government and highlight key priorities.
“Demand for high quality food and fibre is on the rise, and we hope AgMAC will lead to the development of a strong vision for Queensland agriculture supported by policies and solutions that take our industry forward.”
Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) President Stuart Armitage says QFF and industry members were looking forward to working with government through AgMAC to progress agricultural issues and build a strategic agricultural plan for the future.
“AgMAC provides a forum to address cross-portfolio challenges and achieve a more synergistic government policy on agriculture.”
Minister Furner says it will be an important forum to address critical competitiveness and productivity issues, as well as identifying growth opportunities within the agriculture and food sectors.
“The AgMAC will enhance our government and industry relationships to ensure a bright future for the industry in Queensland.”
“This is also an opportunity to establish industry and Government priorities for agricultural industry development, which will allow Queensland to capitalise on the opportunities and challenges of the future.”