FUTURE OF AG: National Farmers Federation Christine Rolfe talks to the crowd at the CHDC Investing in our Future Conference.
FUTURE OF AG: National Farmers Federation Christine Rolfe talks to the crowd at the CHDC Investing in our Future Conference. Meghan Kidd

Farmers must stay competitive

INSIDE the farm gate is at the heart of the Australian agribusiness.

Speaking at the CHDC Investing in our Future Conference, National Farmers' Federation vice-president Christine Rolfe said the agricultural business was "small scale compared to mining, but we feed you".

The food for the soul of the agriculture business was one which must remain competitive if it was to continue to link together the food chain.

"Agriculture needs to be at the forefront of government minds," Mrs Rolfe said.

"And there are a number of issues we are working on to improving trade, drought policy, education, industrial relations..."

"If we're talking about competitives in the Australian farm sector... we cannot be complacent. Making the most of these opportunities will require both understanding and being able to ensure our farm businesses are in a position to make the most of opportunities.

"Right now some significant challenges exist for Australia agriculture... delivering better quality, and better priced food, and improving environmental and animal welfare outcomes, biosecurity threats, and adapting to energy and resource scarcity."

Mrs Rolfe applauded the State Government on its announcement last week of passing the Land and Other Amendments Bill 2014.

Farmers and graziers on rural leasehold land will benefit from greater security of tenure, reduced land rental costs, and better pathways to freehold title.


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