An LNP government will breathe new life into the local sugar sector by way of a $4.6 million package to boost research and development in the industry.
LNP candidate for Burnett Stephen Bennett is thrilled with the commitment, which will boost government investment in sugar research and development and drive greater productivity and profitability in Queensland’s sugar industry.
“The sugar industry generates $1.3 billion for our state’s economy each year. More than 15,000 Queenslanders are directly employed by the sugar industry and indirectly it supports a further 70,000 jobs,” Mr Bennett said.
“Of course, the industry is a hugely significant contributor to our own local economy, and I know this commitment will be warmly welcomed by everyone associated with it.
“We must plan to keep and grow jobs for the future, and that’s what this funding is all about.
“The LNP is committed to ensuring the industry remains competitive and sustainable to provide a secure future for local sugar growers, the businesses and communities that support them.
“Our announcement provides an additional $4.6 million over four years to BSES, the principal provider of R&D to the sugarcane industry.
“The LNP’s funding commitment restores the funding cut by a city-centric tired, 20 year Labor government.
“Labor has run out of puff after 20 years and is embroiled in a mess. Only our strong and united LNP team has a positive plan to grow a four pillar economy. We will double agricultural production by 2040 and create a standalone Department of Agriculture.
“It’s time to get Queensland back on track and ensure our agricultural industries and farmers receive the R&D support they deserve.”