The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) welcomed today’s release of the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, saying it sets the course for farming.

The White Paper builds the nation’s water, transport and communications infrastructure and promotes smarter farming while also imposing a new oversight regime to ensure fair trade between farmers and the wholesalers and retailers they supply.

“The TFGA welcomes the measures in the White Paper that seek to ensure that agriculture remains one of the nation’s five economic pillars and a major creator of economic growth in Tasmania,” TFGA chief executive Peter Skillern said.

“We will be drilling down into the detail of the White Paper in the immediate future to assess its full implications for the state industry, which is tasked with increasing production five-fold in the next 35 years.

“On the face of it, the White Paper contains the measures we need to pursue that target competitively and profitably.”
TFGA chief executive Peter Skillern