The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed Barnaby Joyce back to the Deputy Prime Ministership and to the Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio.
NFF President Fiona Simson said Minister Joyce’s swearing in today ended a period of uncertainty.
“The farm sector certainly appreciated Prime Minister Turnbull assuming ‘caretaker’ responsibility for agriculture and water resources, however, we are pleased to have the portfolio under more permanent management.”
Ms Simson said the NFF looked forward to again working with Minister Joyce towards the shared goal of advancing Australian agriculture.
“As Minister Joyce declared at the beginning of the year, the farm sector is currently basking in a golden era.
"Today’s national accounts figures clearly demonstrate this.
"The figures show the agriculture sector continues to excel with record crops underpinning rural goods export growth of more than 20 per cent through the year to the September quarter.