Govt apathy puts farmer confidence in doldrums

DISSATISFACTION over the Federal Government's live export ban and ongoing anxiety about coal seam gas are just two of the many issues that have led to the lowest levels of producer confidence in nine years, according to state peak broadacre group, AgForce.

AgForce chief Robert Walker said the figures from the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey showed a lack of recognition and support from government had fuelled the drop in producer sentiment.

"Rabobank found 52% of surveyed Queensland farmers expected the agricultural economy to worsen over the next 12 months - AgForce is concerned but unfortunately not surprised by these figures," Mr Walker said. "The Federal Government's knee-jerk ban on Indonesian live cattle exports earlier this year showed little understanding of the value of this industry to Australia and how damaging ill-conceived government policy can be on grass-roots producers."

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