Two peak agriculture representative organisations have committed to work together towards a farm gate production value of $100 billion by 2030.
The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), representing Australia’s 84,000 farmers, and Agribusiness Australia, representing individuals and corporations across the agri-food chain, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Canberra today.
NFF Chief Executive Tony Mahar said the collaboration aimed to strengthen agriculture’s advocacy efforts to grow Australia's farm gate value by 70% from $63 billion in 2016-2017.
“The on-farm and corporate aspects of agriculture have a mutual interest in many of the policy areas that are a priority to the NFF,” Mr Mahar said
“Issues like tax and regulatory reform; energy policy; infrastructure and trade and market access.
“By working together with Australia’s preeminent agribusiness advocacy group, we will present a powerful, united front to the halls of Canberra and ultimately accelerate agriculture to realise its potential."
Agribusiness Australia President Mark Allison said the NFF had a long and successful history of being the voice of Australian farmers and Agribusiness Australia looked forward to working with the NFF to deliver an improved, more efficient and successful agri-industry.
“Farmers and agribusinesses are co-dependents in the agriculture supply chain, and a closer working relationship and a more in-depth understanding of each others' perspectives, can only be positive."
“Ultimately, today’s partnership is all about a more productive and profitable agricultural sector, where farmers, agribusinesses and the community benefit," Mr Allison said.